Life is a constant struggle. Yes, we all have to struggle almost daily. Getting up in the morning is a huge struggle in itself. Then bringing your life to a normal pace is another melodrama. But in between this little difficulties in our daily life we find solace in the world of music. Scientists have approved that music can heal our wounds, make us happy and refresh our mind. Music is a need. A song can be our best friend at sometimes. A song gives us company when we are all alone. But if we tell you that there is a particular song which kills people ! Scary right ? But there is a song called ‘Gloomy Sunday”, which pushes people to the limit of suicide.
The song was composed by the Hungarian pianist Rezső Seress in 1933. This song is also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song“. This song is an Urban legend in itself.
The Real Story Behind “Gloomy Sunday”
This song was written by Hungarian composer Rezső Seress when he was going through a bad phase of his life. The story behind the origin of the song is very interesting. According to Legends, after Rezso Seress girlfriend left him, he was so depressed and broken, that he wrote the melody that later became “Gloomy Sunday”. The lyrics of the song were written by Poet László Jávor , a friend of Seress. Some say that it was Javor whose girlfriend left him, inspiring the song as a poem first. While others claim Seress wrote the lyrics, they were about pain and despair caused by war, but Javor changed it to a heartbreaking ballad.
Do People Really Get Inspired To Commit Suicide After Hearing This Song
After a recorded version of the song by Pál Kálmar was linked with a chain of suicides in Hungary. Press reports say that there were at least 19 documented suicides in Hungary and the United States, linked to the song. The song was banned. In 1968, the composer of the song committed suicide by jumping out of his window. Gloomy Sunday got the name “Hungarian Suicide Song” because it is said that hundreds (if not thousands) of suicides that had been inspired by listening to it.
Here is the English Version of the song –
“On a sad Sunday with a hundred white flowers
I was waiting for you, my dear, with a church prayer
That dream-chasing Sunday morning
The chariot of my sadness returned without you.
Ever since then, Sundays are always sad
Tears are my drink, and sorrow is my bread.
Last Sunday, my dear, please come along,
There will even be a priest, coffin, catafalque, hearse-cloth.
Even then flowers will be awaiting you, flowers and coffin.
Under blossoming (flowering in Hungarian) trees
My journey shall be the last.
My eyes will be open so that I can see you one more time
Do not be afraid of my eyes as I am blessing you even in my death.
The Death Trail After The Song
A lot of people had committed suicide after hearing this song.Joseph Keller, a Hungarian shoemaker committed suicide and left a note at the scene of his suicide quoting the Gloomy Sunday lyrics. Two people shot themselves while hearing a band play the Gloomy Sunday. In the Danube, several bodies were found with their hands clutching the song’s sheet music. A woman in London overdosed herself on drugs while listening to the song.
The Gloomy Sunday Movie
A movie was also made on this urban legend by the name “Gloomy Sunday”, which was released in 1999.