isthe song gloomy sunday really kills?
Posted 11/5/08 , edited 11/6/08
"Gloomy Sunday" (from Hungarian "Szomorú vasárnap", IPA: ['somoruː 'vɒʃarnɒp]) is a song written by László Jávor and set to music in 1933 by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress, in which the singer mourns the untimely death of a lover and contemplates suicide. Gloomy Sunday had been announced as to be the most famous song for people to commit suicide.
Though recorded and performed by many singers, "Gloomy Sunday" is closely associated with Billie Holiday, who scored a hit version of the song in 1941. Due to unsubstantiated urban legends about its inspiring hundreds of suicides, "Gloomy Sunday" was dubbed the "Hungarian suicide song" in the U.S.. Seress did commit suicide in 1968, but most other rumors of the song being banned from radio, or sparking suicides, are unsubstantiated, and were partly propagated as a deliberate marketing campaign.

There have been several urban legends regarding the song over the years, mostly involving it being allegedly connected with various numbers of suicides, and radio networks reacting by purportedly banning the song. However, most of these claims are unsubstantiated.[2]

In 1968, Rezső Seress, the original composer, jumped to his death from his apartment. His obituary in the New York Times mentions the song's notorious reputation:
“ Budapest, January 13. Rezsoe Seres, whose dirge-like song hit, "Gloomy Sunday" was blamed for touching off a wave of suicides during the nineteen-thirties, has ended his own life as a suicide it was learned today.

Authorities disclosed today that Mr. Seres jumped from a window of his small apartment here last Sunday, shortly after his 69th birthday.

The decade of the nineteen-thirties was marked by severe economic depression and the political upheaval that was to lead to World War II. The melancholy song written by Mr. Seres, with words by his friend, Ladislas Javor, a poet, declares at its climax, "My heart and I have decided to end it all." It was blamed for a sharp increase in suicides, and Hungarian officials finally prohibited it. In America, where Paul Robeson introduced an English version, some radio stations and nightclubs forbade its performance.

Mr. Seres complained that the success of "Gloomy Sunday" actually increased his unhappiness, because he knew he would never be able to write a second hit.

- New York Times, January 14, 1968[3].

this is the lyrics
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 thought of ever returning you
Would they be angry if i thought of joining you
Gloomy sunday

Sunday is gloomy
With shadows i spend it all
My heart and i have decided to end it all
Soon there'll be flowers 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
Gloomy sunday

I was only dreaming
I wake and i find you
Asleep in the deep of
My heart

Darling i hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is telling you how much i wanted you
Gloomy sunday

actually its lyrics is beautiful and people just misjudge it
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Posted 11/5/08 , edited 11/6/08
Thats what they say. But its bullshit. You should all listen to it though and find out. I think this is a dupe BTW

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Posted 11/5/08 , edited 11/6/08
I find that extremely disturbing.

But... how can a song... make you commit suicide o__0
Posted 11/5/08 , edited 11/6/08
they just got the hype . . .
Posted 11/5/08 , edited 11/6/08
A song can't kill you, it's a mere stupidity.
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Posted 11/6/08 , edited 11/6/08
if you get the true meaning of this song you can appreciate it!
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Posted 11/6/08 , edited 11/6/08
The song can't kill you... idiots..
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Posted 11/6/08 , edited 11/6/08

but I don't really think a song can actually kill someone... that's just plain stupid
Posted 11/6/08 , edited 11/6/08

Kippu wrote:

Hungarian suicide song overture to death

Impressive =]

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