Sir Tom Jones’ song ‘Delilah’ has been banned from Welsh rugby matches.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has banned the song from being played before a match in Cardiff because of the lyrics about a woman named Delilah, who won the Ivor Novello Award in 1968, being stabbed to death after discovering she was having an affair. Announced. Principal Stadium.
A spokesperson for the venue said:
“The WRU removed the song from its halftime entertainment and music playlists during international games in 2015. More recently, guest choirs have also featured the song in pre-match performances and during games. You are requested not to.
“WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind. I am aware that it upsets the supporters of the Department.”
It will no longer be played or sung by choirs in stadiums.
The 82-year-old Welsh music legend previously defended the controversial lyrics, claiming they were not meant to be interpreted “literally.”
“I’m proud to be Welsh. If you’re looking into lyrics about men killing women, I don’t think it’s a political statement. That’s what happens in life.” [and] he just loses it.
“The nice thing about a song that people can play is the chorus. I don’t think they really think about it. When I was singing the song, I didn’t think I was the guy who killed the girl. If it’s taken literally that way, I think it takes the fun out of it.
Tom last performed “Delilah” in a stadium in June 2022.