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'My Way' killings -- now, the end is near

Andrew Buncombe in Tokyo

Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00

IN KARAOKE bars around the world, few songs are belted out with more relish than the Frank Sinatra standard 'My Way'. Except, that is, in the Philippines.

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After a series of killings connected with renditions of the song, most karaoke fans will not now allow themselves to croon "And now, the end is near" -- for fear the lines might come true. Such has been the publicity surrounding the murders -- at least six in the past decade -- that they are now dealt with in their own sub-category of crime, the "My Way killings".

"I used to like 'My Way', but after all the trouble, I stopped singing it," said Rodolfo Gregorio, a keen karaoke fan.

Filipinos have different theories about what has led to the killings. Mr Gregorio proffered: "The trouble with 'My Way' is that everyone knows it and everyone has an opinion." But others point out that other well-known songs have not attracted a violent backlash.

In the absence of anything else, some find themselves poring over the lyrics, written by Paul Anka, in a search for clues.

Butch Albarracin, owner of a singing school in Manila called Centre of Pop, said: "It's so arrogant. The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you're somebody when you're really nobody. It covers up your failures. That's why it leads to fights." (© Independent News Service)

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