Kate McKinnon performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on SNL.

Watch Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Open SNL by Singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Watch Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Open SNL by Singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

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Nov. 13 2016 12:26 AM

Watch Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Open SNL by Singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

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Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live.

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After a world-historical terrible week like this one, how do you open a comedy show? Saturday Night Live opted for something spare and moving, putting Kate McKinnon on stage alone with a piano to perform a stripped-down version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in full Hillary Clinton garb. Singing the best-known song by the just-deceased singer-songwriter while dressed as the just-defeated presidential candidate sounds like a little much—and it is!—but it sort of works, not least because Cohen’s last verse, with lines like “I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya,” are surprisingly on point.

McKinnon followed the song by looking at the camera, teary-eyed, and saying, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”