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Suicide Song that killed more than 100 people : Gloomy Sunday
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Gloomy Sunday was composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress in 1933 which eventually claimed life of hundreds of people. In world history, it is well known as “Hungarian Suicide Song”. There’s something with the lyrics, tone and in some versions, voice of the singer that can drive a sad person towards suicide. The English version of this song was released by Billie Holiday in 1941.
There is a recurring urban legend which claims that many people committed suicide with this song playing. After its release, the song was said to have been responsible for an epidemic of suicides in Hungary. People would commit suicide while listening to a phonograph record of the song. Some people are said to have left simple suicide notes behind, saying only “Gloomy Sunday”. Due to a large number of cases due to this song, it was banned in Hungary and in U.S. later on. The BBC banned Billie Holiday’s version of the song from being broadcast.
In January 1968, 35 years after writing the song, its composer Rezső Seress also commited suicide. He jumped out of a window in Budapest, but survived, later in the hospital choked himself to death with a wire.
Here are some lines from this song…
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 said I know
But let them not weep
Let them know that I’m glad to go…
If you are strong hearted, you can download this song and listen to this legend. But if you are feeling sad and gloomy, I won’t recommend you listen to this song. It is a fascinating true story of a song that created history and gained the reputation of “The Suicide Song”.