Neil Diamond Changes Lyrics of Sweet Caroline to Encourage Hand Washing

Singer Neil Diamond shared a new rendition of his hit Sweet Caroline on March 23, changing the lyrics to encourage individuals to wash hands amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, Diamond says: “I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya, and I think maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better. Give it a try, OK?” He then starts by singing Sweet Caroline, but changing the lyrics to “Hands … Washing hands … Reaching out … Don’t touch me … I won’t touch you.”

The song pays homage to the Center for Disease Control’s call for people to practice the recommended six-foot social distancing guidelines, stay away from crowds, and stay home whenever possible. Credit: Neil Diamond via Storyful