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#When you walk through a storm,
Hold your head up high,
And don't be afraid of the dark,
At the end of a storm, there's a golden sky,
And the sweet silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never walk alone...#


Background

"You'll Never Walk Alone" was a song written by Richar Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1945 musical, Carousel.

Likely popularised after being in the charts in the 1960's, whereupon fans on the terraces at Liverpool took up the song and it passed quickly to other clubs like Celtic, but then there are those who feel we sang it first. Regardless, it is a much loved football anthem which on a great night can make for a special atmosphere.

While many Celtic fan-based websites provide the words to You'll Never Walk Alone, and it features on the CD Green & White Anthems, there is little historical evidence that Celtic fans sang it on their terraces first. However, there is little evidence that Liverpool can put forward to prove that they for definite sang it first either.

It's a bit of a daft debate anyhow!

Debate of Celtic v Liverpool for the origins of the tune

(Guardian Newspaper)
"After all, the song, originally written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1945 for the Broadway musical Carousel, only became a terrace favourite after it was covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers in November 1963. Almost immediately - as footage from Panorama in 1964 shows - Liverpool supporters adopted it.

As Paul Fields points out: "Before the early 60s football fans made noise and occasionally chanted something brief (like Play Up Pompey!) but it was the Kop that started singing popular songs of the day (mainly Merseybeat songs such as Gerry and the Pacemakers' You'll Never Walk Alone) and later started to adapt the lyrics of songs to celebrate the team and its players.

"If any Celtic fans still claim that they sang it first, it would have to predate Gerry's version. Now can you really see thousands of working class Glaswegians in the 50s/early 60s spontaneously joining in a sing-along from a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical?" No, us neither."


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Quotes

"There is a dispute between Celtic and Liverpool as to who first adopted the Gerry Marsden classic, but for some reason the singing of it at Parkhead now eclipses that at Anfield."
Alan Green (Radio 5 Commentator) writing in the Belfast Telegraph Nov 2012

You'll never walk alone - Song - Kerrydale Street

"If this hymn is adored by "Scousers" of Liverpool, at Celtic Park in Glasgow they have a cappella version which is better.....the eyes of Celtic fans go red with emotion."
Respected French Football magazine 'So Foot' 2 Mar 2014 (link)



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