Sir Tom Jones Challenges Welsh Rugby Union’s Decision on ‘Delilah

Sir Tom Jones Challenges Welsh Rugby Union’s Decision on ‘Delilah

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.

Sir Tom Jones Challenges Welsh Rugby Union’s Decision on “Delilah”


Wales legend Sir Tom Jones, renowned for his hit song “Delilah,” used his performance at Cardiff Castle to question the Welsh Rugby Union’s recent decision to stop playing the iconic track at Wales rugby matches.

The song, released in 1968 and beloved by rugby fans, has faced debates due to its contentious lyrics describing a jealous lover’s act of violence.

Delilah’s Controversial Legacy: “Delilah” gained immense popularity and reached No. 2 on the charts, becoming a cherished anthem among the rugby-loving public in Wales.


However, as societal norms evolved, the song’s suitability in modern times has come under scrutiny.

Specific lyrics depicting violence, such as “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,” have sparked concerns.

Welsh Rugby Union’s Decision: To address the concerns surrounding the song’s content, the Welsh Rugby Union made the decision to remove “Delilah” from the playlist used by choirs performing at the Principality Stadium.

This action was taken in 2015, and more recently, guest choirs were also asked not to include the song in their pre-match performances and throughout the games.

The decision came as the WRU recognized the problematic and upsetting nature of the song’s subject matter, particularly in relation to issues of domestic violence.


Sir Tom Jones Stands Firm: During his performance at Cardiff Castle, Sir Tom Jones couldn’t resist commenting on the controversy surrounding “Delilah.”

Addressing his devoted fans and the song itself, he defiantly stated, “Can you imagine… Who was the man who didn’t want us to sing Delilah? You can’t stop us from singing Delilah.

He stopped the choir from singing, but he didn’t stop the crowd from singing it. And we will keep singing it too!” The crowd responded with immense applause, showing their support for the song and the artist.

The Ongoing Debate: The Welsh Rugby Union’s decision and Sir Tom Jones’ response have highlighted an ongoing debate over the appropriateness of “Delilah” as a rugby anthem.

While many continue to cherish the song for its nostalgic value and spirited connection to Welsh rugby, others argue that its lyrics promote a troubling message that is inconsistent with the values of inclusivity and respect.


Conclusion: As the discussion persists, it remains to be seen whether “Delilah” will regain its place as a prominent feature in Wales rugby matches or continue to be excluded due to its controversial lyrics.

The clash between tradition, art, and modern sensitivities underscores the complexities faced when reconciling the legacy of beloved cultural pieces with contemporary values.

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