In 1933, A Hungarian musician named Rezso Seress composed a song “Gloomy Sunday“, also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”. The original lyrics were titled Vége a világnak (The world is ending) but the Poet László Jávor wrote his own lyrics to the song, titled Szomorú vasárnap (Sad Sunday), in which the central figure or mainstay wants to commit suicide following his lover’s death. The song goes:
“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
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.”
In 1936, the song was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis. It was claimed that more than hundred people committed suicide after listening to the “Gloomy Sunday”.
On 13th of January 1968, Seress himself committed suicide.
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