∙∙ •ฐ• ∙๑∙ gloomy sunday ∙๑∙ •ฐ• ∙∙

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not god
nor the devil
nor all of  the angels in heaven
will ever return you

do not condemn me
for loving you so deeply
that i cannot stay here alone

i must now join you
on this gloomy sunday

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this little girl is amazing ~ you have to watch her perform. i swear she is Billie Holiday reincarnated.


“Gloomy Sunday”   Angelina Jordan  (Age 7,  Norway)


“Gloomy Sunday”   Billie Holiday

artwork ~   “Woman in a Green Blouse”    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
{  public domain }

originally posted  12 March 2014

this is my submission to  ~

Poetry Pantry #243    at    Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary

“Gloomy Sunday” is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933, as “Vége a világnak” (“End of the world”). Lyrics were written by László Jávor, and in his version the song was retitled “Szomorú vasárnap” (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsomoruː ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp]) (“Sad Sunday”). The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935. “Gloomy Sunday” was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp in 1936, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis, 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.

In January 1968, some 35 years after writing the song, its composer Rezső Seress did commit suicide. He survived jumping out of a window in Budapest, but later in the hospital choked himself to death with a wire.

The BBC banned Billie Holiday’s version of the song from being broadcast, as being detrimental to wartime morale, but allowed performances of instrumental versions. However, there is little evidence of any other radio bans; the BBC’s ban was lifted by 2002.

Billi’s accompanied by Emmett Berry (tp); Jimmy Hamilton (cl) & (ts); Hymie Schertzer (as); Babe Russin (ts); Teddy Wilson (p); Albert Casey (g); John Williams (b); and J C Heard (ds). Recorded August 7, 1941. (Okeh Records) 31005-1

“Gloomy Sunday”   Billie Holiday

lyrics~
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 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
Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep in the deep of my heart dear
Darling I hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is telling you how much I wanted you
Gloomy Sunday

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12 Comments

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12 responses to “∙∙ •ฐ• ∙๑∙ gloomy sunday ∙๑∙ •ฐ• ∙∙

  1. Dani, one can never condemn someone who loves deeply. On a gloomy Sunday or EVER!

  2. Such a deep love should be exalted! Smiles :)

  3. This little girl is the strongest case for reincarnation i have ever seen. WOW. So glad I didnt miss hearing her…….I got chills. Loved your poem too, Dani.

  4. When a loved one is gone, its hard to carry the burden of loss. Her sentiments of loving deeply and not being blamed for it are so true and pure. She is completely in awe of him and no one should ever blame her for loving so much. This poem is deeply filled with love emotions and pain of loss.

  5. your lines are a wonderful tribute to the song…angelina is a child prodigy..her fly me to the moon is a beauty like her….

  6. I agree with Mary…..when we love so deeply we can regret or condemn

  7. A brilliant song…but things will always seem a little different come Monday so it’s usually worth holding on

  8. Oh Dani.. so sad to be gloomy.. but I think about Love Hurts as well.. That little Norwegian girl is so amazing… I just hope that she can continue to be a little child as well (and she won the whole event actually).

  9. That little girl is amazing. Thank you for the history of this song. Your poem is as intense and beautiful as the famous music. This post touched me because there was a suicide in my family recently. This was very meaningful to me.

  10. ZQ

    Excellent work … Sundays have been the toughest days alone.

  11. I think Sundays are naturally slightly closer on the gloomy side of the scale.. Sunday Blues, anyone?

  12. There cannot be condemnation in pure, deep love! I cannot believe that girl is only 7 years old! Wow. She sounds like an old soul. Amazing :-)

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