*King Tatsumi* (mongoose) wrote,
*King Tatsumi*
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Gloomy Sunday

This is a song called "Gloomy Sunday" which for some reason has recently become my favorite song. Teruko tells me not to play the song in front of her because it makes her sad and depressed, and a friend of mine who I played the song for told me "For someone who's so bright and happy and laughing all the time you sure do have fucking dark tastes in music and art..."

Note: Don't worry, I'm not depressed or in a bad mood, and I'm not going to kill myself or anyone else or anything. I know that this is probably one of the darkest songs you ever heard, but I didn't write it. Here's a little history lesson:
"Gloomy Sunday" was originally written in Hungarian in 1933 by Rezso Seress and Laszlo Javor. It drew little attention until 1936, when it was connected with an unusually long string of suicides, including both people who were in some way related to the song and people who had nothing to do with it whatsoever outside of the fact that they had listened to it. Some counts place the number of suicides as high as 70, and the people whose deaths were apparently linked to the song included people whose suicide notes contained references to the song or its lyrics, people who had heard the song played by a band or on the radio and then killed themselves soon after, people who had killed themselves while holding the song's sheet music in their hands, and people whose bodies were found with the song playing on a gramophone. Shortly after, it was banned temporarily. Around the end of 1936, the song was translated into English and released by Billie Holliday. This version was said to have been linked to up to 200 suicides worldwide, mainly in the United States and the UK. It's also been said that this song has been the cause of various accidents and tragedies, ranging from car accidents to plane crashes to outright murders and people going insane and subsequently being placed in mental institutions. A bit more specifically, the lyrics to the song were originally written by Laszlo Javor for a former girlfriend, who soon after committed suicide, her suicide note containing nothing but the words "Gloomy Sunday." Rezso Seress, who wrote the music, also committed suicide later on by jumping to his death from a Budapest building.

Anyway, here's the song, in the form of Billie Holliday's 1936 English version:

"Gloomy Sunday"

Sunday is gloomy, my hours are slumberless
Dearest, the shadows I live with are numberless
Little white flowers will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thoughts of ever returning you
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?
Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday, with shadows I spend it all
My heart and I have decided to end it all
Soon there'll be candles and prayers that are sad, I know
But let them not weep, let them know that I'm glad to go
Death is no dream for in death I'm caressing you
With the last breath of my soul I'll be blessing you
Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep
In the deep of my heart, dear
Darling I hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is telling you how much I wanted you
Gloomy Sunday
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