News News from Hungary Sport news The Hun­gar­i­an Ori­gins of Liverpool’s Famous Anthem “You’ll nev­er walk alone”

The Hun­gar­i­an Ori­gins of Liverpool’s Famous Anthem “You’ll nev­er walk alone”

FC Liv­er­pool cel­e­brat­ed its first Pre­mier League vic­to­ry after 30 years, where the icon­ic sig­na­ture tune “You’ll nev­er walk alone” was once again sung with joy. How­ev­er, not many know that the anthem has Hun­gar­i­an roots.

The song orig­i­nal­ly is one of the most well-known and pop­u­lar hits from the musi­cal Carousel, writ­ten by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Ham­mer­stein, which pre­miered on Broad­way in 1945. How­ev­er, it is a less­er known fact that the sto­ry-line of Carousel is an adop­tion of Hun­gar­i­an writer Fer­enc Molnár’s play, Lil­iom.

Fer­enc Mol­nár was a Hun­gar­i­an-born author, stage-direc­tor, drama­tist, and poet, wide­ly regard­ed as Hungary’s most cel­e­brat­ed and con­tro­ver­sial play­wright. His pri­ma­ry aim through his writ­ing was to enter­tain by trans­form­ing his per­son­al expe­ri­ences into lit­er­ary works of art. As a nov­el­ist, Mol­nár may best be remem­bered for The Paul Street Boys, the sto­ry of two rival gangs of youths in Budapest. It has been trans­lat­ed into four­teen lan­guages and adapt­ed for the stage and film. It is con­sid­ered a mas­ter­piece by many. Out of his many plays, The Dev­ilLil­iomThe SwanThe Guards­man, and The Play’s the Thing endure as clas­sics. Mol­nár emi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States to escape per­se­cu­tion of Hun­gar­i­an Jews dur­ing World War II and lat­er adopt­ed Amer­i­can citizenship.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Ham­mer­stein II were ini­tial­ly reluc­tant to seek the rights to Lil­iom: Mol­nár had refused per­mis­sion for the work to be adapt­ed in the past, and the orig­i­nal end­ing was con­sid­ered too depress­ing for musi­cal the­ater. After final­ly acquir­ing the rights, the team cre­at­ed a work with lengthy sequences of music and made the end­ing more hope­ful. Carousel also Amer­i­can­izes the sto­ry, set in Maine dur­ing the last part of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. Most char­ac­ter names were changed as well.  The show includes the well-known song “You’ll Nev­er Walk Alone,” which became FC Liverpool’s anthem. The song was inter­na­tion­al­ly pop­u­lar and fans occa­sion­al­ly sang it in stadiums.

In Liv­er­pool, local group Ger­ry and the Pace­mak­ers made the song a hit sin­gle in 1963 and this is where the exact tra­di­tion is root­ed. By 1965, it was already referred to as “Liverpool’s Sig­na­ture Tune.”

The sto­ry of Liv­er­pool has been accom­pa­nied by this song ever since, both in vic­to­ries and tragedies. The day after the Hills­bor­ough tragedy in 1989 when 96 Liv­er­pool fans died before the FA Cup semi-finals – peo­ple gath­ered at church­es to remem­ber the vic­tims in silence and lis­tened to one of the choir’s young mem­bers sing the song. It was the event that gave a new inter­pre­ta­tion to the song and became part of Liverpool’s sense of life, it gives hope both to the play­ers and the fans that no mat­ter what, they will nev­er be alone.

Last year, “You’ll Nev­er Walk Alone” marked Liverpool’s Cham­pi­ons League vic­to­ry and this year an oth­er impor­tant mile­stone in the club’s already rich his­to­ry as Jür­gen Klopp’s team has secured their first Pre­mier League vic­to­ry in 30 years, their first title in the his­to­ry of Pre­mier League. Liverpool’s dom­i­nance in this sea­son was over­whelm­ing, they scored the sec­ond-most goals (70) and received the fewest (21).

In some areas of the UK and Europe, “You’ll Nev­er Walk Alone” also became the anthem of sup­port for med­ical staff, first respon­ders, and those in quar­an­tine dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fea­tured pho­to illus­tra­tion via Liv­er­pool FC’s Face­book page.

Source: hun​gary​to​day​.com / Csen­ge Schőnviszky