Neil Diamond Shares Revamped 'Sweet Caroline' To Help With Hand-Washing

by Julie Scagell
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‘Sweet Caroline’ updated for a global pandemic

In times of crisis such as these, we need a few silver linings here and there to keep us all sane. Cue beloved singer/songwriter Neil Diamond who recently updated his iconic hit “Sweet Caroline” with some new lyrics to remind everyone that personal hygiene is very, very important.

Diamond posted a video on Twitter of himself and his dog sitting next to the fireplace, which in and of itself is calming enough. But he picked up a guitar and told viewers, “I know we’re all going through a tough time right now. But I love you and I think if maybe we sing together, well, we’ll feel a little bit better.”

Diamond then began singing “Sweet Caroline” which ironically (or tragically if you think about it) seems to predict something is about to happen. “Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing/But then I know it’s growing strong,” he began. He continued with the original lyrics, singing, “Was in the spring/And spring became the summer/Who’d have believed you’d come along.” But just when you think he’s some sort of oracle, he changes things up and you can’t possibly watch him without smiling.

“Hands, washing hands/Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you,” he belts out in his velvety voice, and we’re all left to wonder if we’ll ever be able to sing it again any differently. The entire two minute, twenty-second video is perfection, new lyrics and all.

Diamond is one of a handful of celebs sharing videos of themselves singing, dancing, and performing to fans from their homes, empty venues, or where ever they are located while social distancing.

Rita Wilson made us a Spotify playlist that she created while self quarantining with husband Tom Hanks, both of whom tested positive for COVID-19. Pink shared a video of herself rage cooking while at home, and a host of others have shared videos to help all of us connect without a physical connection.

As the number of cases continues to grow by the day and states begin issuing stay at home orders, the future seems entirely uncertain. According to John Hopkins University, the total number of cases worldwide has reached over 350,000 and the number of deaths over 15,400 globally.

In times like these, it’s comforting to hear Diamond’s voice coming through our devices, even if it’s only to discuss hand washing.