To Life. To Death!
I've always had a thing for Sundays. A colleague and I were actually discussing this theme during this past Monday. That dreadful feeling you experience during the late afternoon... as night approaches... on Sunday.
This song, Gloomy Sunday, is one that I particularly love. It confronts us to one, if not our biggest fear... or is it our biggest escape? Our biggest dream? Death. Death is no dream... goes the song.
I dedicate this posting and this song to all of you out there who share the dread of Sundays, a pain similar to the one conveyed so clearly in these lyrics.
Call me crazy, but I also wish to inaugurate the "Gloomy Sunday Club" from Sacramento and the rest of the world. Share songs, poems, thoughts, ideas, pictures that may reflect a "gloomy Sunday".
While I absolutely love Billie Holiday's version of this song, in my opinion, Sara McLachlan is the best version ever. Her beautiful vocals extract every bit of poetry, every bit of pain from it. The simple guitar arrangement is perfect for her vocals.
I wanted to find Sara singing it on youtube.com but I found this clip with her version. Thank you EngelFin for posting this video.
I encourage you to research a little on the subject and if you come across the original lyrics by those mysterious hungarian composers, please pass it along.
To Life. To Death! Gloomy Sunday.
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 coache of sorrow has taken you.
Angels have no thoughts of ever returning you.
Would they be angry If I thought of joining you?
With shadows I spend it all.
My heart and I have decided to end it all.
Soon they'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.
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.
Go figure! I wanted this post to be pushlied on Sunday and it took me about 30 minutes to write it, between typing the lyrics, finding the video, etc. Hmm... Just pretend it's still Sunday.