It is one of the stories that “tortured” the Greek song for some years. It’s about Cloudy Sunday, originally recorded with Prodromos Tsoussakis and Sotiria Bellou.
The music was written by Vassilis Tsitsanis and the lyrics by Vassilis Tsitsanis or Alekos Gouveris or both together. Are you confused? Let’s take things in order.
Vassilis Tsitsanis himself has said: “My heart bled and I, in turn, bled the song. I typed it in 1948, after suffering for about a year because a word was missing from the couplet. I couldn’t find a repeating three-syllable word.
Finally, the word came out of the text itself: “which is always cloudy, cloudy”… The repeated word is the requested one. Every other instead was musically negative.”
Since the reason for the verse, according to Columbia, in “Cloudy Sunday” beneficiaries are Vassilis Tsitsanis with 80% and Alekos Gouveris with 20%.
“I contributed to the completion of the lyrics of “Cloudy Sunday” by Vassilis Tsitsanis by adding a single couplet”
In the Vassilis Tsitsanis Historical Archive, part of which was made public by the rebetiko researcher, Kostas Hatzidoulis-Rakosillektis, there was a manuscript that read: “The undersigned, Alekos Gouveris, declare that I contributed to the completion of the lyrics of “Cloudy Sunday” by Vassilis Tsitsanis through of adding a single couplet.
For the above secondary auxiliary offer I want to receive 20% of the royalties on his lyrics. In Athens on 17/9/1947, the declarant Alekos Gouveris”.
The Schoreli version
In the Rebetiki Anthology of Tasos Schorelis we read: “The lyrics were written in 1947 by Alekos Gouveris. One Sunday, A.E. lost in football. Larisis and Gouveris, her fanatical fan, wrote the lyrics. Tsitsanis made a correction to the third verse of the first quatrain. No possessions, no lads killed.”
“In the little light I saw the lad who had been killed. I came home and wrote the song. Its first title was “Bloody Sunday”.
Tsitsani’s version spoke of “possessions and killed young men”. He had said in 1972 to Giorgos Lianis and to the magazine “Epikaira”: “I remember one evening there was a blockade by the Germans in a small town and none of us knew who would leave alive from inside. They put me in and I played until the morning. Luckily they let us go.
The snow was piled up outside and as I was walking home I saw thick red blood in places. In the little light I saw the lad who had been killed. I came home and wrote the song. Its first title was “Bloody Sunday”.
“Listen Guveris! That’s why I tell you they’re not human”
In 1998, an interview of Vassilis Tsitsanis with Lefteris Papadopoulos was republished in the magazine “Difono”.
Here is an excerpt:
Tell me, hand on heart, did you write the words to “Cloudy Sunday” or did someone else?
“You’re kidding; Of course I am! And you know how I got the inspiration for it? I was in Thessaloniki. It had snowed. I went out for a walk and saw, on the snow, blood from a fight between soldiers and rebels. My soul withered. It was Sunday.”
Alekos Gouveris, your compatriot, told me otherwise. I also have a tape…
“What did he tell you;”.
How he wrote the lyrics… It was a cloudy Sunday in Trikala and he was going to the stadium. On the road, the song was inspired. And after the match, he sat down and wrote it. He even told me that he also gets percentages…
“Let’s leave it at that. Gouveris listen! That is why I tell you that they are not human”…
Alekos Gouveris argued that Cloudy Sunday is about the defeat of the A.E. football team. Larissa, one Sunday afternoon.
His opponents pointed out that the song was released in 1948 and AEL was founded in 1964.
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