Neil Diamond Reworks 'Sweet Caroline' Without the Hand Touching

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He's not the first musician to change up some of their hit songs to deliver the hand-washing message, with Liam Gallagher taking to Twitter and changing hit Oasis songs Supersonic, Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall to Soapersonic, Champagne Soapernova and Wonderwash respectively.

Neil Diamond has penned a new version of Sweet Caroline to encourage the public to wash their hands and follow social distancing advice.

Kicking off the rewritten song in times of the COVID-19, he sang: "Hands.washing hands. Give it a try okay?", he shared before he began to strum his guitar and sing the well-known lyrics to his 1969 smash hit, "Sweet Caroline".

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Diamond, who announced he was retiring from touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, also performed Sweet Caroline as part of a short set at a Las Vegas benefit gala on March 7.

The parody lyrics - much more appropriate for a pandemic than the original "hands, touching hands" - have amassed more than 100,000 likes on Twitter, as well as thousands of comments thanking the legendary singer-songwriter for the uplifting musical gesture.

"Stay safe out there!"

Instead of the words "hands, touching hands", he says "hands, washing hands".

  • Michelle Webb