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Liverpool fans adopted 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by Gerry & the Pacemakers as their official anthem. Picture: Getty

It's impossible khổng lồ not think of Liverpool Football Club when singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone', but why has the Merseyside team adopted it for decades?

It has returned lớn the public consciousness in recent weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, due khổng lồ its uplifting message, & when Michael Ball teamed up with Captain Tom Moore after the latter's charity walk for the NHS.

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And then of course, Liverpool were finally crowned champions of the English Football League for the first time in 30 years.

hy vị Liverpool fans sing the classic '60s tune and where did it come from? Here's all the important facts:

'You'll Never Walk Alone' meaning: Who wrote the song?

The tuy vậy was written for the 1945 Rodgers và Hammerstein musical Carousel.

In the second act of the musical, the character of Nettie Fowler, a cousin of the main character Julie Jordan, sings 'You'll Never Walk Alone' khổng lồ comfort her when her husband Billy dies.

It is then reprised in the final scene of the musical, khổng lồ encourage a graduation class of which Louise - Billy and Julie's daughter - is now a member.

Christine Johnson was the first person to sing it, as she first played Nettie in the original Broadway production.

In the film version, it is first sung by Claramae Turner as Nettie.

Why did Gerry and the Pacemakers cover it?

'You'll Never Walk Alone' had been a favourite song of Liverpudlian Gerry Marsden's ever since he saw Carousel when growing up as a kid.

In 1964, his band Gerry & the Pacemakers recorded a cover version and it reached number one in the UK.

Why bởi vì Liverpool fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'?

Liverpool fans were known for singing the then-current pop tunes on the terraces back in the 1960s, as Anfield was one of the first UK grounds khổng lồ have its own DJ.

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Fans would thus sing along khổng lồ a pre-match chart of the latest đứng top ten hits, many of whom happened to lớn be part of the Liverpool takeover of pop, such as The Beatles, Cilla Black và Gerry & the Pacemakers.

'You’ll Never Walk Alone' reached the đứng đầu 10 just before a trang chủ match against West Brom on October 19, 1963. While it can't be known for sure, but it is likely that this was the very first time fans sang along lớn the tune at Anfield.

The tuy nhiên spent four weeks at number one & ten weeks inside the đứng top ten, but fans kept on singing it long after it fell out of the chart altogether.

By 1965, Liverpool fans can be heard singing 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' at Wembley at their FA Cup Final win over Leeds, with TV commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme describing it as “Liverpool’s signature tune”.

What other teams sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'?

The song was later adopted by Celtic after a 1966 Cup Winners Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield. It is now sung by Celtic fans before every home European game.

It has also been adopted by Dutch team FC Twente, after it was officially given khổng lồ them by former Anfield stadiumspeaker George Septhon during the last trò chơi in the Diekman stadium.

Also in the Netherlands, Feyenoord and SC Cambuur have adopted the song as well, as have Germany's Borussia Dortmund, 1 FSV Mainz 05, TSV 1860 Munich, Japan's FC Tokyo, Spain's CD Lugo, và Indonesia's Bali United.

In ice hockey, it is used by Germany's Krefeld Pinguine và Croatia's Medveščak Zagreb.

You'll Never Walk Alone lyrics:

When you walk through a stormHold your head up highAnd don't be afraid of the darkAt the kết thúc of a stormThere's a golden skyAnd the sweet silver song of a larkWalk on through the windWalk on through the rainThough your dreams be tossed & blown

Walk on, walk onWith hope in your heartAnd you'll never walk aloneYou'll never walk aloneWalk on, walk onWith hope in your heartAnd you'll never walk aloneYou'll never walk alone