WHY, WHY, WHY BAN DELILAH?; Tom hit is sexist, says politician.
A POLITICIAN wants to ban sports fans singing Tom Jones's 60s hit Delilah because it "glorifies violence against women".
The song, with its "Why, why, why" refrain, tells how a man stabs to death his cheating wife. It is traditionally sung by supporters before Welsh football and rugby internationals.
But Welsh Assembly member Helen Jones, 42, said yesterday: "Delilah is a tale of domestic murder from a man's point of view.
"He tries to justify knifing Delilah because of her infidelity. To many women that is offensive."
Delilah's co-writer Barry Mason hit back: "It's sad, isn't it? She's being silly. To say fans are wrong to sing Delilah insults their intelligence. Nobody listens to the lyrics.
"This woman would be better off talking about unemployment in Wales."
Delilah was adopted as an unofficial anthem by Welsh fans after Tom, 63, sang it before Wales's historic rugby victory over England at Wembley in 1999. The Welsh Rugby Union now plays it before kick-offs with the words shown on giant screens at the Cardiff stadium.
Ms Jones, Plaid Cymru member for rugby-mad Llanelli, said: "I've sung Delilah at matches.
"But it all changed when a friend, a victim of domestic violence, said she hated the song and told me to think about the words.
"It never occurred to me before, but Delilah is a story of abuse. The line 'I felt the knife in my hand' sends a shiver down the spines of many women attacked by partners. It glorifies domestic violence against women."
The WRU said: "We respond to public demand. Fans sing this song without concern for the lyrics."
Delilah, which hit No 2 in charts when released in 1968, is one of Tom's best loved hits.
TOM handed out free tickets when only 1,000 fans turned up to see him in an 8,000-seat arena in Granada, southern Spain, yesterday.
HIT: Tom; HISTORY: 60s sheet of Tom's hit Delilah, co-written by Barry; ANGER: Assembly member Ms Jones
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 21, 2003|
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