Booze, blood and karaoke

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord by By NORIMITSU ONISHI – The New York Times 06 February 2010



  1. i guess you’re right, oman
    my all time favorite is marco sison’s ‘my love will see you through’ . someone once sang this song to me with matching red roses in a nice crowded place .. but unfortunately , life didn’t imitate the song 🙂

  2. i guess it’s a combination of both the singer and the song. Add the booze and you have a powerful conconction of illusions of being an all powerful and undying hero…. hehe. I like the song… but true enough i’ve dreaded singing it even in the comforts of my home. Why? the song seemed to carry a stigma… a karma … a curse… that only pinoys will ever feel.

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