Gloomy Sunday

Mysterious Times

gloom1Gloomy Sunday was a song written in 1933 by the Hungarian composer Rezső Seress. The Hungarian lyrics were written by the poet László Jávor and its title changed from “Vége a világnak” (End of the world) to “Szomorú vasárnap” (Sad Sunday). According to legend, Seress suggested to his girlfriend that they should get married after he finished writing it. The next day, she poisoned herself leaving a suicide note reading “Gloomy Sunday” (or rather “Sad Sunday”).

The song was first recorded in 1935, in Hungarian by Pál Kálmar in 1935. The recording became popular in Hungary but then a number of suicides were linked with the song. Stories reported in the press included drownings, overdoses and hangings, each time with a connection to the song; the victim having the sheet music about their person, quoting from the lyrics in suicide notes, heard whistling the tune beforehand. As is usual with…

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