Neil Diamond unveils hilarious 'Sweet Caroline' update with coronavirus washing hands advice

Brenda Watkins
March 25, 2020

Neil Diamond's classic song "Sweet Caroline" is a perennial karaoke favorite, and now people can perform an updated version in their next virtual Zoom party.

Neil Diamond is doing his part to help educate the public on the importance of practicing good hygiene during the Coronavirus pandemic. 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". In the fresh take, the hit tune was partially changed to reference handwashing and social distancing, two measures health authorities recommend as ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. Diamond's dog also makes an adorable cameo in the video. "Give it a try, OK?" he began at the top of the clip. "I won't touch you".

"Hands/Washing hands/Reaching out/Don't touch me/I won't touch you", Diamond sings.

'Stay safe out there!' he captioned the short video.

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Sweet Caroline was originally released in August 1969, when it climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Diamond repeated the refrain later in the song as well.

Before releasing the amusing "Sweet Caroline", remix, Diamond - who recently announced his retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - offered encouragement to those at the front lines of the pandemic on Saturday.

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