Kate McKinnon as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the "Debate Cold Open" sketch on Oct. 15, 2016.
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November 13, 2016 10:49 AM EST

In character as Hillary Clinton for the first time since Election Day, Kate McKinnon performed “Hallelujah” during Saturday Night Live’s cold open this week, a surprising departure from the show’s typical humor about the presidential race.

The skit, which struck a somber note, melded the news this week of Clinton’s stunning election loss to Donald Trump and the death of Leonard Cohen, who wrote “Hallelujah.”

Seated at a piano, McKinnon, who has portrayed Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, sang lyrics that included:

“I’m not giving up,” McKinnon said in character after the song, “and neither should you.”

Watch the clip above.

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