23 March 2020 08:30
Music legend Neil Diamond shared a new version of his beloved song, "Sweet Caroline," on social media Sunday, updating the lyrics in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Diamond's new version switches this set of lyrics: "hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you" In his song, Diamond changes the start to "hands, washing hands" instead. To further promote social distancing amid the pandemic, he follows that change with: "Don't touch me, I won't touch you." He then follows this with the main chorus of "Sweet Caroline" Watch the reworked version of Sweet Caroline below: Music legend Neil Diamond offered a free performance of his hit song "Sweet Caroline," except it had a few updated lyrics more fitting amid the coronavirus outbreak. Diamond uploaded a video on social media early Sunday morning showing him with his guitar next to a fireplace accompanied by his dog. This is Neil Diamond and I know we're going through a rough time right now, but I love ya, and I think if we all sing together, well, we'll feel just a little bit better.
The artist began performing the sing-a-long favorite, but fans of his would quickly notice that he gave some of the words to "Sweet Caroline" a coronavirus twist. GLORIA GAYNOR VIDEO OF 'I WILL SURVIVE' AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK GOES VIRAL I won't touch you," Diamond sang before the unchanged chorus. "Stay safe out there!" Diamond captioned the video with some of the updated lyrics. Diamond wasn't the first music icon to go viral amid the coronavirus outbreak. Singer Gloria Gaynor similarly urged everyone to wash their hands while singing her hit song, "I Will Survive." Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline went from being a top 10 hit in 1969 to a staple at sporting events across the country.
Instead of 'Hands, touching hands,' he now sang, 'Hands, washing hands.' The next line, 'Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you' didn't work in a world where people are trying to keep their distance. Instead, he sang: 'Don't touch me, I won't touch you.' Of course, the song is most famous because of its undeniably catchy 'Sweet Caroline' chorus, and Neil didn't touch that part at all. Staying clean: Instead of 'Hands, touching hands,' he now sang, 'Hands, washing hands' in the pre-chorus 'Stay safe out there!' he captioned the short video. Neil's light-hearted song referenced legitimate public health advice. In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, people are urged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds in warm water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after coming into contact with anyone who's sick. Keeping his distance: The next line, 'Reachin' out, touchin' me, touchin' you,' was replaced with, 'Don't touch me, I won't touch you' Classic track: Sweet Caroline reached number four on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1969 Sweet Caroline was originally released in August 1969, when it climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2007, Diamond revealed to the Associated Press that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. That year, he performed Sweet Caroline via satellite for her 50th birthday celebration. But in 2014, he claimed on the Today Show that the song had actually been for his ex-wife Marcia Murphey, and he'd only used 'Caroline' because he needed a three-syllable name to fit the lyrics.