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You'll Never Walk Alone
1945 Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
This song was written for the 1945 Broadway musical play Carousel. The song highlights a momentous plot turn early in Act II, and is reprised as the musical's powerful and inspirational finale. From the very beginning, this song has always had a special resonance and meaning beyond its context and function within the score for Carousel. During the musical's original Broadway run, with the world at war, many in the audiences who had a husband, a brother, a son or a lover fighting overseas, found solace in its meaning and its message. "You'll Never Walk Alone" has been recorded by dozens of pop, rock, gospel, country western, and opera stars.

"You'll Never Walk Alone" has a unique history in Great Britain where it was adopted as an anthem of the Liverpool Football Club and has, over the decades become a standard at virtually every British soccer stadium. True to the song's intent, it has also provided inspiration in times of peril, and has served as a potent fundraiser for causes borne out of disaster. In 1985, for instance, a recording of "You'll Never Walk Alone" featuring British pop and rock stars, was put together to raise funds for victims of the Bradford Stadium Tragedy and did; the song was a Number One single in Britain throughout the summer of 1985, and raised hundreds of thousand of pounds for the cause.
From Rec.Arts Communications.

Original lyrics (Nina has only an instrumental version):

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark At the end of the 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 walk alone

Recording sessions
1957: New York Beltone Studios
 
 
1961 April: New York Village Gate