Millennium Prayer

Album: The Whole Story His Greatest Hits (1999)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is the words of The Lord's Prayer ("Our father, who art in heaven...) with the tune of "Auld Lang Syne." It is the first and so far only UK #1 to be in blank verse.
  • This was a hit despite being ignored by radio stations as they deemed the song to be uncool. EMI, Cliff Richard's record label for 40 years, refused to promote it so Cliff took it to an independent label, Papillon.
  • The proceeds from this went to the charity Children's Promise: The Millennium Final Hour Appeal. It raised £1 million.
  • The song's writer, Paul Field, was watching Princess Diana's funeral at a service station on a large screen along with a large crowd. As The Lord's Prayer was recited, many joined in. Paul realized that although this was a secular age with falling church attendance, most people were familiar with The Lord's Prayer.

    Inspired by that thought, he set it to the tune of the traditional hymn "Auld Lang Syne" for a church musical, Hopes And Dreams. A CD was recorded using Cliff Richard, whom Paul knew. Cliff decided to record it as a single to tie in with the Christmas period and the Millennium celebrations. He reasoned that as The Lord's Prayer celebrated Christmas and "Auld Lang Syne" the turn of the year, it would make an excellent single. It became the third-best seller of his career.

Comments: 2

  • Peter from St. George, GrenadaI wish to add my comments here concerning this song. I have a great love for this song and this is so just because of the way it has been put together. The arrangement is great and I love the "Auld Lang Syne" touch so much since that song is also a very much loved song by me. I would rate this track highly because it means a lot to me. The lyrics is prayerfully sweet and I want to register my sincere appreciation and to give my endorsement for such a great presentation and performance by Cliff Richard. You have done great justice to this great track. Many thanks to all!
  • Mark from Dublin, IrelandCliff first proformred this track on tv on his tv show an "audience with cliff richard" and radio stations refused to play the song,but the track still went to number one wthout there help,i think this proves how much people really love cliff,the track is no way cliffs best work but has to be included in the music history books cause love it or hate it it went all the way to the top just on the strenght of the artist....Ps the b side of the track "two worlds" is a relly good track also...
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