The version that reached radio waves, however, is not the version that was originally written. Rezső Seress originally wrote the song in order to woo his girlfriend, who had recently left him. The song succeeded in bringing them back together for a short time, before she jumped from his apartment window. Rezső had been out at the time. His girlfriend left a note for him—"Szomorú Vasárnap."
The song was changed before release. Rezső Seress committed suicide in 1969 by jumping out of his window in the same manner his girlfriend did.
It is autumn and the leaves are falling All love has died on earth
The wind is weeping with sorrowful tears My heart will never hope for a new spring again
My tears and my sorrows are all in vain People are heartless, greedy and wicked...
Love has died!
The world has come to its end, hope has ceased to have a meaning Cities are being wiped out, shrapnel is making music
Meadows are coloured red with human blood There are dead people on the streets everywhere
I will say another quiet prayer: People are sinners, Lord, they make mistakes...
The world has ended!