Diamond reveals 'Sweet Caroline' inspiration: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

  1. Tue Nov 20, 10:41 AM

    By Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES - Neil Diamond held onto the secret for decades, but he has finally revealed that President Kennedy's daughter was the inspiration for his smash hit "Sweet Caroline."

    "I've never discussed it with anybody before - intentionally," the 66-year-old singer-songwriter told The Associated Press on Monday during a break from recording. "I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday."

    He got his chance last week when he performed the song via satellite at Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg's 50th birthday party.

    Diamond was a "young, broke songwriter" when a photo of the president's daughter in a news magazine caught his eye.

    "It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony," Diamond recalled. "It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there."

    Years later, holed up in a hotel in Memphis, he would write the words and music in less an hour.

    "It was a No. 1 record and probably is the biggest, most important song of my career, and I have to thank her for the inspiration," he said. "I'm happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy."

    The enduring hit recently reappeared on the singles chart, thanks in part to the Boston Red Sox. "Sweet Caroline" is played at every home game.

    "I think they consider it good luck," Diamond said, adding that the Red Sox have become his favourite baseball team.

    The tune's return to the charts leaves Diamond "speechless," he said: "That song was written 40 years ago, so I am just overwhelmed by the fact that it has returned and that, more importantly, people have taken it into their hearts for so many years."

    Diamond is currently at work on a new album, his second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin.

    "We're both very excited about it," Diamond said. "I think it's going to be one of my best ever."


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  2. It's kind of weird and creepy to me.

  3. I have to agree. She was nine years old and he is holed up in some ratty hotel writing a song about her? I want to go review the words in the song but fear it might just freak me out too much.
  4. I can't recall all the words off the top of my head, but the Washington Post ran a little piece on this story this morning and they quoted some of the lyrics as being, "reaching out, touching me, touching you".

    Even if he didn't mean anything perverse by them, still..... I mean to write about a little girl and sing about her in public all these years? Disgusting!
  5. Here they are:

    Where it began
    I can't begin to knowin'
    But then I know it's growin' strong
    Was in the spring
    And spring became the summer
    Who'd have believed you'd come along
    Hands, touchin' hands
    Reachin' out
    Touchin' me
    Touchin' you
    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    To believe they never would
    But now I look at the night
    And it don't seem so lonely
    We fill it up with only two
    And when I hurt
    Hurtin' runs off my shoulders
    How can I hurt when I'm with you
    Warm, touchin' warm
    Reachin' out
    Touchin' me
    Touchin' you
    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    To believe they never would
    Oh, no, no Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    I believed they never could
    Sweet Caroline
  6. hmmm that does seem a tad sketchy huh?!

    I guess if she is cool with it though then it really doesn't matter.
  7. Thank you caitlin1214.
  8. Ick