In the Philippines, where singing is a national pastime, there’s one song karaoke lovers apparently refuse to sing: Frank Sinatra’s version of “My Way.”
Over the past decade, the song has become the root of a curious urban legend, and locals are convinced that Sinatra’s classic has fueled a slew of bar fights, with at least half a dozen people murdered as a result. The crimes, dubbed the “My Way Killings,” have left Filipinos wondering, “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?”
Read the New York Times’ story about it here.