from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

Lyrics

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,
Though 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.

Background

In the musical, in the second act, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the female protagonist Julie Jordan, sings the song to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, kills himself to avoid capture during a failed robbery. It is reprised in the final scene to encourage a graduation class of which Louise (Billy and Julie’s daughter) is a member.

Performances

Here are two performances, first a classical one by Frank Sinatra:

…and this one from the 1956 movie version (skip to 3:05 to get to the song):