Sinatra Song May Carry A Curse? In Karaoke Bars It Does

February 8, 2010

Philippines (ChattahBox) – Karaoke is a wildly popular pass time in the Philippines. But if you choose to sing a certain Sinatra favorite it might just be enough to get you killed.

The “My Way Killings” have become a sort of urban legend, but it didn’t start out that way. Singing the song was sometimes enough to put your life at risk.

At least six people, perhaps more, have died in the last ten years for singing “My Way” in bars.

It isn’t clear why it is that song in and of itself that so often leads to violence, though there are some theories.

“ ‘I did it my way’… it’s so arrogant,” Butch Albarracin, Manila-based singing school owner for Center for Pop said.

“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.”

It is a trend that has alarmingly followed other countries where group singing is popular.

A Thai man, Weenus Chumkamnerd, killed eight of his neighbors, including his brother-in-law, when he grew tired of listening to their version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in 2008.

But “My Way” seems to spark more fights and violence than any other song.

It has gotten bad enough that many establishments now ban it from their bars, and many social gatherings now come with a strict “No Sinatra” policy.



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