SNL: Watch Kate McKinnon’s emotional tribute to Hillary Clinton, Leonard Cohen

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In spite of Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss to Donald Trump of the presidential election on Tuesday night,Kate McKinnon reprised her version of Clinton for Saturday Night Live‘s cold open last night, in what will go down as the most emotional, somber opening of the sketch show’s history. Simultaneously honoring singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died the day before the election at age 82, McKinnon played Cohen’s classic and often-covered “Hallelujah” with a final message, holding back tears: “I’m not giving up and neither should you.” Check it out below. I dropped the lyrics below. I feel like it makes a difference.

McKinnon’s performance of the melancholy song is especially poignant in light of recent protestes against Donald Trump’s election as well as the increase in high-profile incidents of harrasments and attacks against minorities. It’s become clear that Trump’s vitriolic rhertoric against certain groups of people during his campaign and his refusal to speak out against racist and anti-Semitic acts across the country has emboldened the worst people in our contry to climb out from under their rocks.

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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