Hallelujah by Panic! At The Disco
Fans give praise to the release of Panic! at the Disco’s single “Hallelujah”. Lead singer, Brendon Urie, now the only remaining original member of the group, anticipates fans with yet another change in musical direction. Since the band is known for its constantly changing genres, the new single came as a pleasant surprise for fans.
The song begins with a jazzy intro as Urie takes the lead stating “ a moment you’ll never remember and a night you’ll never forget”, more voices then allude to the actual beginning of the song. The tune kicks off with a cheerful beat, that is one of the most rousing parts of the song. When hearing it, one can’t help but raise their hands and sway to the sound of the soulful choir.
Unlike the band’s past complex songs, the lyrics to this song are short.They are fitting to the concept, however. With well known cliches like “You’ll never know if you don’t ever try again” or “I was drunk and it didn’t mean a thing,” the lyrics are not that hard to catch onto. Although the lyrics can be seen as slightly amateur, it is understandable since Urie has admitted to having trouble composing songs in past interviews. The music video offers another perspective.
The music video starts off with Urie following a woman into a maze. The maze constantly revolves around the background as Urie chases her around the entire video. The official setting of the song kicks off with him dancing in front of a confessional box singing, “All you sinners stand up, sing hallelujah”. As the video progresses, he is confessing events that have happened in his life and how they have shaped him as the man he is currently.
When Urie began his interview, he had already performed the single at the 7th annual Shorty Awards and Alternative Press Music Awards. When talking about the song’s meaning, he first stated that he grew up in a religious household and that religion still plays a big role in his life. Then he added, “When you have to own up to your mistakes, you know, praise that; as long as you take responsibility for your actions, everything else seems it can fall into place if you have that same attitude, so, that’s really what it was, it’s kind of a play on just, ‘yeah, you know, hallelujah, I’m not a sinner’, but we are, I mean the song is definitely about that”. Overall, the song displays an optimistic but realistic view of owning up to one’s mistakes and praising them for their influence.