In Wales they also have their own dubious rugby soundtrack. Why, why, why, Delilah?
The iconic ballad sung by choirs at the Millennium Stadium depicts the brutal revenge killing of a woman.
It has become an unofficial anthem for Welsh rugby fans – and singing legend Tom Jones has even sung it to the crowds.
But following the RFU’S review of ‘Swing Low’ there are fresh calls on Twitter to have it banned from Welsh grounds.
The BBC’s Wyre Davies posted: “If England rugby fans should drop “Swing Low”, shouldn’t Wales do likewise with “Delilah” (“a song that trivialises the idea of murdering a woman”)?
Good point by @carolyn_hitt (and not a new debate). If #England rugby fans should drop “Swing Low”, shouldn’t #Wales do likewise with “Delilah” (“a song that trivialises the idea of murdering a woman”)?— Wyre Davies (@WyreDavies) June 20, 2020
If English rugby fans are urged to stop singing ‘Swing low,’ the Welsh has better have a think about singing Delilah: a song about a self-confessed, domestic abuser,stabbing his ex in a jealous rage. “She stood there laughing. I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more.”— Alex Ghattas (@AlexGhattas) June 19, 2020
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant added to the chorus of disapproval.
“It is a simple fact that when there are big international rugby matches on, and sometimes football matches as well, the number of domestic violence incidents rises dramatically,” he said.
“I know that some people will say, ‘Oh, here we go, he’s a terrible spoilsport,’ but the truth is that that song is about the murder of a prostitute.”
Interesting fans voting results :— Rotherham Rugby News (@titansrugbynews) June 20, 2020
Swing low sweet chariot :
93% keep vs 7% ban it
Flower of Scotland :
78% keep vs 22% ban it
75% keep vs 25% ban it @EnglandRugby @WelshRugbyUnion @Scotlandteam #rugbyunited #rugby #SwingLowSweetChariot
Ranked! The 5 worst Premiership signings of the 2019/20 season
Oh dear, oh dear. However much we will them on, sometimes deals just don’t turn out the way we hoped – or anything like it, as these disasters demonstrate.
5. Niki Goneva (Harlequins)
Described by the club as ‘a real coup’ and ‘deadly finisher’ when the winger joined from relegated Newcastle Falcons last summer. However, it appears that the 35-year-old, who has been a prolific try scorer throughout his career, is finally starting to slow down. He didn’t cross the whitewash in his six Premiership outings for Quins this season.