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Saturday, February 4, 2023

NO MP3 DOWNLOAD: Video from @RuaidhriOC showing Delilah by Tom Jones being sung loud and proud around the Cardiff streets

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Video from @RuaidhriOC showing Tom Jones' Delilah being sung loud and proud around the Cardiff streets.

No doubt, there will be plenty who think it absurd that the protest song about a union involved in a sexism scandal, has the subject matter of a jealous lover killing his unfaithful girlfriend, and they are probably right that it would be preferable for the Stadium and its support to go elsewhere for their anthems.

But as much as this rhythmic rebellion seemed a reaction to wokery, it was also an uplifting uprising against a governing body that is plainly in chaos.

The resistance began early. In the hours ahead of kick-off, the 1968 hit was heard loud on the streets and, of course, in the pubs. It was perhaps the most melodic mutiny Cardiff has ever witnessed. And nowhere was it delivered with any more gusto than in the Old Arcade, one of the capital’s most famous rugby taverns.

A Principality Stadium spokesman said: "Delilah will not feature on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium.

"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."

But the Welsh Conservative shadow sport minister Tom Giffard called the decision "wrongheaded".

"One that amounts to simple virtue signalling, designed to ease the pressure the WRU are currently under," he said. "Calls to ban the song span at least the last decade, yet the WRU have chosen now to act.

Mr Giffard said people want "institutional change, improved working practices and a better complaints process for the WRU".

"Instead they are choosing to ban a much loved Tom Jones song. This action will solve nothing."

The stadium said it would no longer be performed by choirs after removing it from half-time playlists in 2015.

The song has caused controversy, with lyrics depicting the murder of a woman by her jealous partner.

A stadium spokesman said it was "respectfully aware that it is problematic".

It has, however, long been popular with supporters of the national team and Jones has previously performed the song ahead of an international match.

Memo to the Welsh Rugby Union: do not tell your fans what cannot be sung at their home of rugby. The WRU instructed the London Welsh Male Voice Choir to take Sir Tom Jones’s classic off their repertoire, but there was a rather larger ensemble in the 74,500 crowd intent on not being silenced.

If Ireland's dominance was Samsonian, then “Delilah” occupied so much of the Welsh narrative off the pitch.

Just as the second half began - and, pertinently, in the seconds following the booming tunes over the tannoy had blessedly gone quiet - so the “ light in the night that I passed by her window” reverberated under the roof.

Wales actually scored their first - and only - try as the rousing rendition was under way. “Sadly, there were people on the WRU then who simply were not capable of making the right decisions because they were too parochial, too insular or just plain short-sighted. As the old saying goes, there are none so blind as those who will not see.”

In truth, the only thing that has changed was that back then the WRU was seen as shambolic, but now is seen as shambolic AND toxic. Evans’s primary challenge is to professionalise a union still essentially governed by amateurs and ensure that the words of stand-in CEO Nigel Walker, another former Wales wing, are acted upon.

“As an organisation, we have been in denial as to the extent of the problem,” Walker, with commendable and almost staggering honestly, told the politicians.

Guest choirs have also been told not to feature the song at Wales matches.

But the decision was criticised by Wales wing Louis Rees-Zammit, who wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: ‘All the things they need to do and they do that first.’

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