Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gloomy Sunday



Szomorú Vasárnap, or Gloomy Sunday in English, is a hit song written in 1933 by Hungarian composer Rezső Seress. It's more commonly known as the Hungarian Suicide song because of hundreds (if not thousands) of suicides that had been inspired by listening to it. The song itself has been has been covered several times, most famously by Billie Holiday, and for the most part is considered an urban legend and a brilliant marketing campaign.

The version that reached radio waves, however, is not the version that was originally written. Rezső Seress originally wrote the song in order to woo his girlfriend, who had recently left him. The song succeeded in bringing them back together for a short time, before she jumped from his apartment window. Rezső had been out at the time. His girlfriend left a note for him--"Szomorú Vasárnap."

The song was changed before release. Rezső Seress himself committed suicide in 1969, jumping out of his window in very much the same manner his girlfriend did.

19 comments:

  1. *checks wrists* *looks up* *peers around* Nope. No urge to die.

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  2. @Anon1: Not yet anyways. :)

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  3. I thought the song was beautiful....but, not suicide inducing...>.>

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  4. i alosthought the song was beautiful, and i ave to say since i've found this site i have read all the works here and Inunah has written almost all the ones i like

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  5. Imma bump this shnit all up in my ghetto vehicle. xD See if any random bystanders kill themselves on the side of the street.

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  6. Kill John Lennon....kill John Lennon...

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  7. Sounds a little bit like harry potter theme..

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  9. anyone know the name of the song playing before gloomy sunday actually starts?

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  10. @Anonymous: It's the Resurrection Waltz from Hellraiser.

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  11. everyone that posted is still alive right? if so then it could have just been a bad time or they had some sorta thing with the song and it lead to being at a party and everyne got sips o poison the guy probly killed himself becuz of stress and the fact he probly was in depression that could lead to suicide (mdj101)

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  12. i comitted suicide...

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  13. He Kinda sounds like a goat singing Opera ....

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  14. Listen to Bieber instead. Same effect.

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  15. Anon ^ LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I'm shitting bricks, but because I have diarrhea! Ugh!

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  16. I played this song at the same time as Bath Rhymes by Dick Figures => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg248PSWrCs&feature=related ...I killed myself by break dancing. :D

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