Debate rages after Tom Jones’ hit song ‘Delilah’ banned over ‘problematic’ lyrics

Feb 03, 2023
Tom Jones has previously dismissed calls for the song to be cancelled. Source: Getty Images.

Content Warning: this article deals with domestic violence.

The move to ban Sir Tom Jones’ 1968 hit Delilah has been met with fierce debate online after the song’s lyrics were deemed “problematic and upsetting”.

Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) recently made the announcement that Jones’ hit will no longer be performed by choirs at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The lyrics of the song have long attracted controversy, with one line referencing a woman being murdered by her partner.

“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,” the line reads.

The decision by the WRU follows allegations of sexism and misogyny that have been levelled against the club recently.

“The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind,” a stadium spokesperson said.

“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.”

The decision sparked fierce debate online with many condemning woke culture for the “absolute nonsense”.

For all those who were vocal in their condemnation of the ban, just as many were in support of the song being removed for the “shocking” lyrics.

Welsh rugby fans have sung Delilah during matches as an unofficial anthem since the early 1970s. Critics have previously called for the song to be banned due to its lyrics, which Jones has dismissed.

“I don’t think [singers] are really thinking about it,” Jones told the BBC in 2014.

“If it’s going to be taken literally, I think it takes the fun out of it.”

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