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Trump’s misuse of ‘Hallelujah’ shows song cannot remain the same in US – Sydney Morning Herald

The estate of Leonard Cohen is not happy. US President Donald Trump has taken the most cherished song in Cohen’s catalogue for his political purposes.

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Thus the cease and desist season is upon us. Every four years, an American presidential candidate or indeed the president, comes on or goes off stage to a big number song. Come in with a bang, go out with a bang. Leave them smiling.
But as the last song fades, enter the angry chorus of musicians (with lawyers) unhappy that their songs are being appropriated for a political cause that they do not endorse. This is predominantly a Republican problem. Indeed, Donald Trump could plaster a wall of th…

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