Gloomy SundayWords & Music by Sam Lewis & Rezso Seress
Recorded by Billie Holiday, 1941
Am Am7/G D/F# F Sunday is gloomy my hours are slumberless. Am Am7/G D/F# E Dearest, the shadows I live with are numberless. Dm Dm+7 F E Little white flowers will never awaken you, Am Am7/G D/F# E Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you. Am Am7/G D/F# F Angels have no thought of ever returning you -- Am Am7/G D/F# E F E Would they be angry if I thought of joining you? Am7 E Am Am7/G D/F# F E Gloomy Sunday. Am Am7/G D/F# F Gloomy Sunday, with shadows I spend it all; Am Am7/G D/F# E My heart and I have decided to end it all. Dm Dm+7 F E Soon there'll be candles and prayers that are sad, I know; Am Am7/G D/F# E Let them not weep, let them know that I'm glad to go. Am Am7/G D/F# F E Death is no dream, for in death I'm caressing you; Am Am7/G D/F# E F E With the last breath of my soul, I'll be blessing you. Am7 E Am Am7/G D/F# F E Gloomy Sunday. A D9 A D9 A D9 A D9 Dreaming - I was only dreaming. A Bm7 C#m7 F#m B7 F7 E7 I wake and I find you asleep in the deep of my heart, dear. Am Am7/G D/F# F E Darling, I hope that my dream never haunted you; Am Am7/G D/F# E F E My heart is telling you how much I wanted you. Am7 E Am Am7/G D/F# F E Am Gloomy Sunday.
*This song is one that had been requested before, but which I had decided not to do, based strictly on Billie Holiday's version -- I felt she was so casual with the melody that it got lost. But this version draws heavily on the one recorded live by Sarah McLachlan in 1991, which impressed me enough to change my opinion of the entire song. Still, Holiday made the song huge.