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Forget the words and it’s a tragedy

By Nuala McKeever

Just when you thought the Bee Gees were yesterday’s men, it turns out they’ve just the song to get your heart pumping.

The new ad campaign encouraging us all to have a go at giving CPR to someone whose heart has stopped, suggests we ditch the mouth-to-mouth and concentrate instead on steady rhythmical pushing on the chest. Tests proved that if pressure is applied at a certain rate, it’s best. And to achieve the correct rate, doctors recommend the person doing the CPR should hum the Bee Gee's tune, Stayin’ Alive.

Nice idea. Brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘musical revival’. But I think I can see the potential for a downside.

I can imagine, once the story’s faded a bit, that an occasion might arise where you’d need to apply CPR. But there you’d be, all out of time, uselessly pumping away on some poor person’s chest to the tune of Islands In the Stream or I Am A Woman In Love, going: “I’m sure this is the wrong song, but I’m over 45 and I can’t remember what they told me to do!”

So, gotta get it right. Altogether now: “Whether you’re a mother or whether you’re a brother, you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive ”

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