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Tom Jones rugby anthem ‘Delilah’ banned from Wales’ Six Nations campaign more than ‘problematic’ domestic violence lyrics

Bynewsmagzines

Feb 2, 2023
Tom Jones rugby anthem 'Delilah' banned from Wales' Six Nations campaign over 'problematic' domestic violence lyrics


Sir Tom Jones’ tune ‘Delilah’ has been banned from Welsh Rugby Union game titles about its ‘problematic’ domestic violence lyrics.

The 1968 basic will not be aspect of Wales’ future Six Nations campaign, even with it formerly becoming a Welsh rugby anthem, sung by supporters and Jones himself at games.

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Wales get their marketing campaign under way on Saturday, which sees them encounter Ireland

There has been a great deal debate about the song, which is a tale of a murder of a lady, including the lyric, ‘I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more’.

And for the to start with time because it became aspect of the wallpaper at the Principality Stadium, it will no longer be played.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Rugby Union claimed: “Delilah will not function on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium. 

“The WRU taken out the track from its 50 percent-time leisure and new music playlist in the course of worldwide matches in 2015. 

“Guest choirs have also a lot more not too long ago been asked for not to function the track in the course of their pre-match performances and all through game titles.

“The WRU condemns domestic violence of any sort. We have previously sought tips from matter make a difference specialists on the difficulty of censoring the tune and we are respectfully aware that it is problematic and upsetting to some supporters simply because of its topic subject.”

Jones released the song in 1968

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Jones unveiled the track in 1968


Speaking in a 2014 interview, Jones responded to the criticism encompassing the song.

He reported: “I enjoy to listen to it sung at rugby games. It helps make me pretty proud to be Welsh. 

“I think if they’re wanting into the lyric about a gentleman killing a girl, it’s not a political assertion. It’s just something that happens in lifetime [and] he just loses it.

“The excellent thing about the track that every person picks up on is the chorus. I never consider that they are seriously imagining about it. 

“I wasn’t pondering that I was the gentleman that was killing the girl when I was singing the track, I was acting out the part and that is what the music is. 

“If it is going to be taken pretty much like that then I consider it will take the fun out of it. I feel it takes the spirit out why it’s currently being sung.”

The latest announcement arrives soon after a turbulent week for Welsh rugby, in which WRU chief government Steve Phillips resigned amid accusations of a ‘toxic culture’ in the governing body.

A BBC documentary confirmed allegations of misogyny, sexism, racism and homophobia directed at the WRU, major to Phillips’ departure.

Wales get started their Six Nations campaign on Saturday at the Principality Stadium wherever they welcome Ireland.

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