Neil Diamond Updates “Sweet Caroline”

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Neil Diamond live in 2012 - Neil Diamond / Youtube

Neil Diamond posted an update to his classic hit “Sweet Caroline” to fit the current affairs brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya. I think, maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better. Give it a try, okay?” Diamond said in a video he uploaded on Twitter.

Diamond is seen in the video playing his acoustic guitar while singing his 1969 classic. But changes were made, and was apparent as he went into the song’s chorus. He sang “Hands, washing hands / Reaching out / Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you,” instead of the original “Hands, touching hands / Reaching out / Touching me, touching you.” 

Diamond also tweeted to honor the COVID-19 front-liners who are exposed to it on a daily basis. The tweet read: “Thank you healthcare workers, first responders, supermarket employees, food service and utility workers, delivery drivers and everyone out there who is on the frontlines to keep everyone safe. We applaud you!!!”