Gloomy Sunday

by The Sedona Effect

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"Gloomy Sunday" is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. Lyrics were written 1932 by László Jávor, in his melancholy love poem "Szomorú vasárnap" (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsomoruː ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp]) ("Sad Sunday"), after his beloved has left him. The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935. During World War II Seress wrote alternate lyrics to the song: "Vége a világnak" ("End of the world").,[1] that was published in 1946, and lamented the horribleness of the war and the loss to of all humanity.

"Gloomy Sunday" was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp in 1936, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis,[2] and was recorded the same year by Paul Robeson, with lyrics by Desmond Carter. It became well known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941. Lewis's lyrics referred to suicide, and the record label described it as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". There is a recurring urban legend that claims that many people committed suicide with this song playing.


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

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
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


released March 5, 2014
Music Matt Hart
Vocals Kai Irina Hahn
Recorded &Mixed: Xris FLAM, Mindswerve Studios, NYC

Photography© Anka Jureňa 2013



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