Welsh rugby fans are still singing Tom Jones’s hit Delilah before the Six Nations match today, despite the sport’s bosses trying to ban it for allegedly ‘glorifying domestic violence. In the lead up to the Wales versus Ireland match today at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff the streets of the city were filled with people belting out the song.
The 1968 track is about the opportunistic killing by a man who waits until his former partner’s lover leaves her home before making his move, and stabs his unfaithful partner.
Despite the dark theme of the song, it has been very popular ever since it was released.
And Sir Tom is said to be quite shocked by the ban. He has commented on the song’s meaning before, addressing the controversial theme, when back in 2014, he talked about his love for the song.
According to Wales Online, he remarked: “I love to hear it sung at rugby games.
“It makes me very proud to be Welsh. I think if they’re looking into the lyric about a man killing a woman, it’s not a political statement.
“It’s just something that happens in life [and] he just loses it.”
He added that rugby fans “don’t think about” the words and instead focus on the iconic chorus.
The song used to be performed by a male voice choir before games at the Principality Stadium. But it was removed from the list of acceptable tunes ahead of today’s Six Nations match.
Welsh Rugby Union – is currently in the middle of a crisis due to claims of a “toxic” culture of sexist, racist and homophobic bullying – said Delilah will now not be played by bands at the Principality Stadium, nor sung by choirs, during the Six Nations.
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