Kate McKinnon Tears Up While Paying Tribute to Hillary Clinton in Moving SNL Cold Open
Kate McKinnon gave a somber yet uplifting performance that honored both Hillary Clinton and Leonard Cohen
Saturday Night Live ditched their typical cold open on this weekend’s episode for a somber yet uplifting tribute to both Hillary Clinton‘s loss in the election and the death of music legend Leonard Cohen.
The show opened with Kate McKinnon dressed as Clinton and sitting at a piano. Without introduction, she immediately launched into one of Cohen’s most iconic song — 1984’s “Hallelujah” — at times smiling and looking hopeful and even winking at the camera.
After finishing the song, with tears filling up in her eyes, Clinton turned to the audience and said, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”
Watch the clip above and read the entire lyrics to “Hallelujah” below.
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
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
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
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
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.