I am trying to place a very dimly-remembered scene from a book — which I think was sci-fi/fantasy, though I'm not even 100% sure of that.

Some character is seen bowing out of the main action — I think in a slightly suicidal way, making a last stand against enemies to buy the main group some time, or something. And as she (I think the character was female, but again, I'm not certain) goes, we and the remaining protagonists hear her singing (possibly over a ship's intercom, or something like that) the song

"When you walk through the storm / Hold your head up high / And don’t be afraid of the dark…"

What is the name of this book?

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    You'll never walk alone is a pretty famous song.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 19:30
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    The song was used on episode #1.3 of the TV series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    – SQB
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 19:39
  • @PLL: Roughly when did you read it?
    – Joe L.
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 20:43
  • Maybe the same book as this (unanswered) question on Loganberry Books: Stump the Bookseller: "Y64: You'll never walk alone from the musical carousel features in this fantasy novel / I read this fantasy novel in the 80's or 90's. There are two protagonists, a boy and a girl, and the song "you'll never walk alone" from the musical "carousel" is a prominent plot point. Very dark"
    – Joe L.
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 20:51
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    @Lexible - Mahalia Jackson just covered the song. It was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and covered by pretty much everyone in the history of ever.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 3:36

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Eddie the onboard computer of the starship "The Heart of Gold" sang You'll Never Walk Alone1 just as the ballistic missles were closing in above Magorathea in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

1 Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the play Carousel, and later covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, and many others.

  • Eddie is not female, nor "making a last stand against enemies to buy the main group some time"
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 7:56
  • @Richard: despite those, this is definitely the passage I was thinking of, looking it up and re-reading it. I guess my memory of it was even dimmer and less accurate than I thought, I’m afraid.
    – PLL
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 8:17
  • @Richard Eddie is re-configured with a matronly personality by the time they actually land on Magrathea. Can't remember if it was explicitly female or not. Doesn't change the fact that Eddie is loaded with the male personality at the time of singing but still not entirely irrelevant. Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 18:32

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