Photo. The word fearless is a slang term for awesome, which was commonly used in Britain as a football (soccer) slang term. Maybe the song is a tribute about the fantastic Liverpool supporters on the Anfield Road section The Kop? © Travel Explorations.
During the Pink Floyd’s song "Fearless" you can hear Liverpool supporters singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" in the most enthusiastic way. The recording is repeated many times during the song and appears solely as a conclusion at the end of the song. So what is the conclusion?
From Pink Floyd the early time their music was very psychedelic both in sound and lyrics. I am sure Liverpool supporters wonder why Pink Floyd recorded the Kop choir`s singing, especially in this context. Roger Waters is famous for expressing him clearly in lyrics when it comes to political matters, but in “Fearless” he is singing in terms far beyond most peoples` understanding. Maybe this song is about politics too, but where is the connection?
Little bit after the start of the song and in the end of the song, Liverpool supporters sing "You'll Never Walk Alone". This Rodgers and Hammerstein song is from the musical "Carousel”, and became the anthem of Liverpool F.C. after Gerry & The Pacemakers had a number-one hit with their recording in 1963. The words "You'll Never Walk Alone" also feature in the club crest and on the Shankly Gate entrance to the Liverpool’s stadium, Anfield Road.
“Fearless” is like an underground hit for Pink Floyd even it was not released as a single in the UK or played live by the band. Its title is derived from a football (soccer) slang term for "awesome", which became a cliché among the band's touring party. It means brilliant, excellent and great.
It’s very much psychology in “Fearless”. The first verse is according to my interpretation about faith and building self confidence, just as the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" is about. I think Pink Floyd used this song on “Fearless” as an understatement. “Fearless” means that you need to believe in what you are doing. As the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford (30 July1863 – 7 April 1947) once said: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” Even though Rogers Waters is an Arsenal supporter, he was probably impressed by Liverpool Football Club’s impressing play and winning of titles. Perhaps he likes the beautiful voices on the Kop too.
Photo. Liverbirds on the Kop know how to sing. That was why Pink Floyd add their chanting to their song Fearless. © Travel Explorations.
The other verse is about madness. And why Rogers Waters concerns about this subject is hard to say. It’s believed to have some connection to Pink Floyd’s Syd Barret who was the leader in the group before he became insane. Maybe it has something to do with the madness of the Liverpool supporters too, especially them on the Anfield Road section The Kop. They are really something.
For me it’s difficult to understand the connection between the two verses in Fearless, but I am sure Rogers Waters had a deeper meaning when he wrote the lyric.
Especially in the end of the song Pink Floyd made a sound recording of Liverpool supporters singing the hymn "You'll Never Walk Alone." You can here them singing: “And you'll never walk / alone / in the dark / alone”
Followed by some screaming, whistling, then
LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL!
The lyric on Fearless goes like this:
You say the hill's too steep to climb
Just climb it
You say you'd like to see me try
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb
The hill in my own way
Just wait a while for the right day
And as I rise above the tree lines and the clouds
I look down
Hear the sound of the things you said today
Fearlessly, the idiot faced the crowd
Merciless, the magistrate turns 'round
And who's the fool who wears the crown?
And go down in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd
(Liverpool supporters sing "You'll Never Walk Alone")
Listen to the song's slow tempo and mellow acoustic sound back up by the fantastic Kop choir, makes the song's manically hypnotic groove. And by listen to Roger Waters quite singing, it makes it even more hypnotic: “And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow, You look down, Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd.”
Based on the lyrics: “And who's the fool who wears the crown? And go down in your own way”, my conclusion is: Stay united, work together, and you will achieve even more!
Liverpool Football Club had a difficult 2009/2010 season both regarding financially and sport results. At the moment (June 2010) the future for Liverpool doesn’t look bright. Then it’s time to remind about the message in "You'll Never Walk Alone": “Walk on! With hope in your hearts, and "You'll Never Walk Alone”. Liverpool supporters’ skill in singing alone is unique and they know how enormous impact thousand of voices singing this song has both on the Liverpool players and the opposite team.
Stein Morten Lund, 19 June 2010
Pink Floyd recorded Meddle at Air, EMI, Abbey Road, and Morgan Studios, London, England in 1971. It was digitally remastered in 1992.
There are several videos of Pink Floyd’s song Fearless from Meddle on YouTube. One of them tells the history of Liverpool Football Club:
Fearless video - Liverpool
The chanting you hear in the beginning and at the end of "Fearless" is the Liverpool supporters singing "You'll Never Walk Alone." Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club located in Liverpool, England. They are the most successful team in the history of English football, and one of the most successful teams in the world. Liverpool have per June 2010 won eighteen per league titles, seven FA Cups, seven League Cups, three UEFA Cups and five European Cups.
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