Suicide Song: Kills, Literally! Over 100 People (Reportedly Killed Themselves)
Suicide Song: Kills, Literally! Over 100 People (Reportedly Killed Themselves): What’s common between a teenage girl drowning herself in Vienna, a shopkeeper killing himself in Budapest, and a woman committing suicide with overdose in London? The notorious ‘Gloomy Sunday’, also called the ‘Hungarian suicide song’. The song has been linked to over a hundred suicides, including the man who composed it.
Gloomy Sunday’ made news again in 1984 after Ozzy Osbourne was dragged to the Court by the parents of a teen who shot himself while listening to Osbourne’s ‘Suicide Solution’. A German film, Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod(Gloomy Sunday – A Song of Love and Death) released in 1999 told the tale of a love triangle and a song that triggered several suicides. The song has since been recorded by the likes of Elvis Costello, Sarah McLachlan and Heather Nova.
As for Rezso Seress, there are several versions of his tragic ending. Some say he survived a concentration camp that killed his mother. Others believe he tried to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend who inspired the melody and found she had committed suicide.
No matter what the truth may be, Seress attempted suicide several times and finally succeeded in 1968 when he jumped from a Budapest apartment window. That was the end of Seress, and sealed the legend of the suicide 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 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.”
Lewis however did tweak the verse to allow a ray of hope. It reads:
“Dreaming, I was only dreaming,
I wake and I find you asleep in the deep of my heart, dear.”