The horrific song that urged many people to end their lives is Gloomy Sunday. If you haven’t heard it until now then don’t feel bad. There are many others who haven’t listened to it and that also for some good reasons.
Gloomy Sunday has become infamous for its correlation of victims listening to the track before deciding to end their lives
Gloomy Sunday was originally published in the year 1933 by a music composer and pianist named Rezső Seress. The gentleman hailed from Budapest Hungary and that place has something important to do with the song’s ties to suicide. This is the reason why the song also goes by the name The Hungarian Suicide Song.
The original lyrics of the song were titled Vége a világnak which means that the world is ending.
The horrific story behind the song!
At the time when Rezső Seress wrote the lyrics of the song, he was going through a harsh breakup with his girlfriend. The lethal lyrics were provided by a Hungarian poet and his friend named László Jávor. Some sources claim that it was actually László Jávor who suffered the heartbreak that inspired the dark message of the song. The melody used in it is assumed to be the coping form of expression.
In the year 1935, a Hungarian pop singer named Pál Kalmár recorded his version of the song. Though there are no actual sources it is believed that after the release of the recording, a series of suicides spread through Hungary.
The lyrics of Gloomy Sunday goes like:-
Death is no dream
For in death I’m caressin’ you
With the last breath of my soul
I’ll be blessin’ you
Serres had to say this on the chain of suicides caused by his song:-
“I stand in the midst of this deadly success as an accused man, this fatal fame hurts me I cried all the disappointments out of my head into the song and it seems that others with feelings like mine have found their own way to hurt in it.”
The song was completely banned from Hungary after the reported cases of 17 suicides. In 1936, a British vocalist named Sam Lewis with the help of a theater lyricist Desmond Carter recorded an English version of the song. The version came up with a small adjustment in the third verse which gives a small shred of hope to the listener.
In the year 1941, the song was completely banned from US and Britain. As for Rezső Seress, he became a part of Nazi labor camp during WWII. Though he survived the ordeal, he was never able to continue with his music career and finally joined a circus as a trapeze artist.
Some sources even claim that Seress tried to win back his lost love through the song. But to his dismay, his beloved passed away due to a suicide attempt. She took her life after listening to her lover’s song Gloomy Sunday. It is confirmed that not long after that Seress took his own life by jumping off an apartment window.