It is said that Leonard Cohen wrote dozens of verses to his famous “Hallelujah” that were never recorded by him or the many artists that covered the iconic and oft-misunderstood song. What is not said is that Cohen’s brand of torch music combined with Biblical analogies, poetry, protest, and frank sexuality were all inspired by the summer a Great White Shark staked a claim off Montreal and terrorized young Cohen’s family.

Revealed here for the first time: The majesty of Hallelujaws.”

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