Wales Drop Tom Jones Classic From Playlist For Fears Of Reprisals Amid Misogyny Claims

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The Wales Rugby Union has dropped Delilah with Tom Jones’s anthem, which references the murder of a woman, no longer to be played at Wales home matches.

The male-voice choir performing before the opening Six Nations fixture at home to Ireland at Principality Stadium will not sing the song, and it will not be played over the tannoy.

The decision follows allegations of misogyny, sexism and racism at the WRU, detailed in a BBC Wales documentary.

The RFU in London took a similar approach to the popular ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ song at Twickenham, which has links to slavery.

Delilah was first released in 1968 and has become a Welsh rugby anthem at matchdays in Cardiff.

A Principality Stadium spokesperson said: “Delilah will not feature on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium. The WRU removed the song from its half-time entertainment and music play list during international matches in 2015. Guest choirs have also more recently been requested not to feature the song during their pre-match performances and throughout games.

The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind. We have previously sought advice from subject matter experts on the issue of censoring the song and we are respectfully aware that it is problematic and upsetting to some supporters because of its subject matter.”

Tom Jones song Delilah full lyrics

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me, I watched and went out of my mind

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free

At break of day when that man drove away, I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore

She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore