Sunday is gloomy
the hours are slumberless
dearest, the shadows
I live with are numberless

Little white flowers
will never awaken you
not where the dark 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 prayers
and candles are lit 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 here

Darling, I hope
that my dream hasn’t haunted you
my heart is telling you
how much I wanted you

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday (Dimanche sombre) est à l’origine une chanson hongroise de Rezső Seress écrite en 1933 qui a la sinistre réputation de pousser les gens au suicide.

La crise financière des années 30 aidant, le titre est devenu un standard, Billie Holiday l’a notamment enregistrée avec les paroles de Sam Lewis en 1941.

En 1998, Björk l’a interprétée lors d’un concert au Walden Woods Benefit à Los Angeles sur un arrangement de Vince Mendoza.

Björk à propos de la chanson

I didn’t realise ‘Gloomy Sunday’ wasn’t one of their tunes [The Associates] until I was invited to do a benefit concert with Joni Mitchell in California in 1997. I turned up at the rehearsal and couldn’t believe it when the orchestra played this really straight jazz version without the outrageous key change in the middle. I tried protesting that they were missing out the best part of the song, then it dawned on me that the Associates’ version was obviously a cover. I was disappointed because the original isn’t half as challenging.

Préface du livre The Glamour Chase - The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie" par Tom Doyle.

Plus tragiquement, le 20 septembre 2010, Björk l’a chanté lors du mémorial d’Alexander McQueen à la cathédrale St Paul.