Why Liverpool FC adopted ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ as club Anthem And Door Sign
At Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, you can hear the resounding anthem of "You'll Never Walk Alone" sung by a sea of Reds supporters before the start of every home game.
The song was originally composed by Richard Rodgers and written by Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1945 musical, Carousel. But how did this American show tune make its way across the Atlantic to become the iconic rallying song of an English sports team?
"You'll Never Walk Alone" is a song of hope and camaraderie during hardship that has been covered by many artists. One of the most successful covers was by the local group, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who released their version in 1963, earning them a chart-topping hit and a place in the football history of their hometown.
Around the time of the Pacemakers' release, Liverpool player Tommy Smith showed the single to the team's manager, Bill Shankly. After listening to it, Shankly was "in awe of what he heard," according to Smith. The song was quickly adopted as the new club anthem.
For decades, "You'll Never Walk Alone" has continued to be Liverpool's anthem, with other English football teams also incorporating the tune during their games. However, the song has taken on a new meaning for Liverpool after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, in which 96 fans lost their lives. The lyrics now hold even greater significance, resonating throughout the stadium as a song of remembrance. Liverpool fans, even those who have passed on, will never walk alone.
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