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 The Lord's Prayer was recited, many joined in. Paul realized that although this was a secular age with falling church attendances, 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.
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