07 November 2010

You'll Never Walk Alone

Earlier today Liverpool Football Club squared off against the reigning league champions Chelsea in a highly touted EPL soccer football match.

For much of the season and, frankly, the calendar year, Liverpool FC struggled with ownership issues and struggled to win matches but LFC had started to show form as of late. Meanwhile, Chelsea - fresh off a League title - picked up where they left off and started the season off with lopsided wins and looked unstoppable.

The seemingly unstoppable ran into an in-form Liverpool club and LFC emerged victorious with a two spectacular goals from Fernando Torres (watch his gorgeous second goal right here on YouTube) and the Liverpool defenders held the mighty Chelsea goalless!

Anfield was ringing and shaking with a powerful rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

As a huge fan of Liverpool FC (and, obviously, a massive lover of music), I always thought it was interesting that a Rodgers and Hammerstein song turned out to be the anthem for LFC (and other clubs).

I can't really see a song from a musical quickly becoming an anthem for a sports team. But I suppose it was different times back then.

Originally, "You'll Never Walk Alone" was from Carousel:

It's a powerful song. And, not surprisingly, it was covered quite often by dozens of artists over the years like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Doris Day, and Johnny Cash.

But what endeared Liverpudlians and LFC fans to this song was the amazing rendition in 1963 by Liverpool natives, Gerry & The Pacemakers:

The song became the slogan and anthem for Liverpool FC and it was so quickly entrenched in the culture of the club and for soccer football that in 1971 Pink Floyd used the sounds of the crowd singing this song at the end of one of my favorite songs, "Fearless."

And here are the Liverpool supporters in more recent times singing the song before a match. I get chills when I hear that mass of people coming together as one to sing.

Who knew that this show tune could carry so much weight? I guess it really goes to show the fantastic quality and versatility Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

You'll never walk alone!

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