Tuesday, August 28, 2007

You'll Never Walk Alone

One of the greatest soccer rivalries is Liverpool vs. Everton. After last week's clash an 11-year old Everton boy was shot in an unrelated incident. As a gesture to the boy's family, tonight before another match Liverpool invited the parents and brother to the stadium (Anfield) where they played the Everton anthem (Z-Cars) as tribute. This is sorta like playing the Soviet anthem in America...minus the political tension and the whole Cold War aspect.

Afterwards of the crowd sang the Liverpool anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Incidentally one of the American Idol contestants sang it this year, but as you'll see it's nothing compared to tens of thousands of Liverpool fans (Liverpooleans? Liverpolites?) singing it early and often...as seen from a Chelsea match not too long ago (wait for them to hit the main chorus with 40seconds left in the clip)



The song itself is was written by Rodgers & Hammerstein for their 1945 musical "Carousel." Others works of theirs include "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific," etc etc etc...

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 is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.

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

And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.

I think the nearest equivalent that we have in American pro-sports may be Yankee fans singing "New York, New York" after victories, but after seeing stuff like this, it could only be a distant distant second at best...

Only 214 more days until I witness an Everton/Liverpool clash...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

liverpudlians I think

Shakes said...

liverpods? liverpoolooleans?