Neil Diamond has updated his classic song “Sweet Caroline” in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya,” the singer stated in a video posted to social media. “I think, maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better. Give it a try, okay?”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, seen comfortably sitting by his fireside, then began strumming his acoustic guitar, launching into a rendition to his classic 1969 hit. But, as the song reached its famous chorus, Diamond revealed updated lyrics to reflect modern times.
Instead of “Hands, touching hands / Reaching out / Touching me, touching you,” he sang “Hands, washing hands / Reaching out / Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you.”
The original twitter post:
Watch Diamond’s updated version of “Sweet Caroline” below.
Stay safe out there! “Hands… washing hands..” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020