President-elect Donald Trump was not represented at the start Saturday Night Live‘s post-Election Day episode. Instead, the series did away with its usual cold open to pay homage to Hillary Clinton‘s ill-fated candidacy as well as the late Leonard Cohen.
McKinnon, in character as the former Secretary of State, took to a grand piano to sing Cohen’s iconic “Hallelujah,” including:
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.
At the close of her rendition, McKinnon turned to the camera, and as Clinton, told viewers “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been the soundtrack to some of TV’s most poignant moments — perhaps ever. He passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
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