Saturday 24 June 2017

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

Andrew Buncombe in Tokyo

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.

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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