Adam Sandler has joined the ranks of singers to cover Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” putting his take on the classic song as part of a benefit concert to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
As The Huffington Post noted, the Adam Sandler “Hallelujah” cover had a bit of a twist, as the comedian w0rked the words “Sandy Screw Ya” into the song and changing the lyrics to tell the plight of those hit by the superstorm. Accompanied by Paul Schaffer, Sandler performed to the cheering crowd in what seemed like an impromptu performance.
In a night of big performances in the 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief, it was Adam Sandler’s song that ended up being the lasting moment of the night, Fox News noted. Sandler’s funny commentary on all New Yorkers had been through — from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez running into his own player and fumbling — had the audience roaring and blew up on Twitter after the 12-12-12 concert.
Adam Sandler’s take on “Hallelujah” had a memorable refrain:
Sandy screw ya,
We’ll get through ya,
Cause we’re Neeeew Yorkers.”
Sandler added some specifics about the plight of New Yorkers:
“The Bed Bug scare of 2010,
The Lohans getting busted again and again…
The Mayor’s ban on 32 ounce Mountain Dew-yaaa.”
Though Adam Sandler singing “Hallelujah” may have added a bit of levity to the Hurricane Sandy benefit, other artists took a more serious approach. Wearing mostly black and gray, artists including Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and a Nirvana reunion featuring Paul McCartney led a serious effort to raise relief funding.
Here is video of the Adam Sandler “Hallelujah” performance, which includes some adult language: