Gloomy Sunday~~~from Hungarian "Szomorú vasárnap",
Heard people said, this is a bad omen song. A song that lead people to suicide and death. "Gloomy Sunday” is a song written by László Jávor and set to music in 1933 by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezso Seress, in which the singer mourns the untimely death of a lover and contemplates suicide. Gloomy Sunday had been announced as the song that provokes people to commit suicide.
In 1968, Rezso 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.
The English version of the hungarian song:-
Sunday is gloomy,