You can joke about alot of things in football. How shite Robbie Savage was, why Pogba continuously has wank hair – but there’s one thing that isn’t cause for banter or anything like that. Liverpool’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is the single greatest song in the history of the game.
Odds are that when Gerry & The Pacemakers released this absolute tune back in the 60s, they had no earthly idea just how revolutionary it would prove to be. You can often walk into a football stadium upon the sound of the teams coming out and hear deafening applause or encouraging cheers, but alot of the time teams have their own anthem.
Well, anthem may not be the correct term. Perhaps “sign of unbreakable bond and spirit” is better, because that’s what a simple song can provide an entire football club.
First let’s wade through a couple examples of Liverpool’s most bitter rivals on the face of this earth. Everton, their Scouse brothers in arms, have Z Cars. A lovely little song that brings passion and a burning desire to the pitch every time it’s played at Goodison Park. It’s good, but it doesn’t compare.
Then there’s “Glory, glory Man United” which is probably one of the more baffling selections in modern day football. I mean, it’s pretty much universally mocked by both opposition fans and the United faithful themselves. They seem to think they’re being ironically clever, but it just comes across as being a tad silly really.
Then there’s YNWA. Never has such a collection of words strung together brought out a more natural reaction among a set of football fans. You hear whispers of when Reds fans first heard the song reverberate around Anfield, and most people can even tell you their favourite rendition with flawless ease.
It’s because it means something. The poetic way in which it’s sung on a week to week basis can send shivers down even the most cynical of spines. It means something, and alot of that stems from one thing – history.
Hillsborough. We all know about it, and it remains one of football’s darkest days. Things like that can define who you are and my god did it make Liverpool one of the strongest football clubs in the history of the game.
The lyrics alone just scream out togetherness and strength. Being able to see that unwavering feeling of “we will stand together now and forever” is just fucking awesome. I used to think it was just a fun thing they’d do before the game to get the players pumped up, but it’s so much more than that.
With everything the Reds fans have endured, in addition to everything we are continuing to endure in the present day, this song represents unity. Just look at a team like Chapecoense who have been struck with the cruelest of ordeals imaginable. The footballing world has become one and people around the globe have flocked to social media in order to point out that these three minutes of music represent the feelings of so many of us.
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, there’s a golden sky. 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.
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