Monday, May 23, 2011

Gloomy Sunday

The weather yesterday reminded me of a song my college professor told me about long ago. It was called Gloomy Sunday, and she said it had been banned from being played on the radio because it was so depressing that people were killing themselves after hearing it. I borrowed the Library's CD, 16 Most Requested Songs by Billie Holliday, which had the song on it. It is a beautiful CD, with some wonderful songs, but Gloomy Sunday certainly didn't make me feel like offing myself, even in conjunction with the horrible weather we are enduring. I did a little research, (what else would a Librarian do?) and found out that that the evidence linking the song to suicides is inconclusive.'s Urban Legends page does have some very interesting things to say about Gloomy Sunday. If you're curious, this you tube video has the lyrics as well as Billie Holliday singing the song.

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