Walk on, walk on. With hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.
Global (13 October 2020) – Andrea Bocelli is back with a new album and a very emotional rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
The song is an enduring message of unity and companionship during the COVID-19 pandemic. These themes run through the core of Andrea Bocelli’s brand new album, Believe, out 13th November 2020 and available to order now.
Watch his performance here:
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” has rapidly become the world-wide anthem to show support for and encouragement to medical staff, first responders, those impacted by, under restrictions or in quarantine because of the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.
But the song was originally a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. In the second act of the musical, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the protagonist Julie Jordan, sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, falls on his knife and dies after a failed robbery attempt. It is reprised in the final scene to encourage a graduation class of which Louise (Billy and Julie’s daughter) is a member. The now invisible Billy, who has been granted the chance to return to Earth for one day in order to redeem himself, watches the ceremony and is able to silently motivate the unhappy Louise to join in the song.
The song is also sung at association football clubs around the world, where it is performed by a massed chorus of supporters on matchday; this tradition developed at Liverpool F.C. after the chart success of the 1963 single of the song by the local Liverpool group Gerry and the Pacemakers.