Late Saturday night (March 21), Diamond (and his extremely nosy pup) cozied up to his fireplace at home with an acoustic guitar. “I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya,” he said. “I think, maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better. Give it a try, okay?”
He then led a fireside digital sing-along of his 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline,” but those beloved lyrics got a new twist encouraging safety precautions and social distancing. Instead of “hands, touching hands,” Diamond sang “hands, washing hands,” and “reaching out / Touching me, touching you” then became “reaching out / Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you.”
One refrain stayed the same, though: “Good times never seemed so good.” Indeed.
Watch Diamond’s updated acoustic version of “Sweet Caroline” below.
Stay safe out there! “Hands… washing hands..” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020