Hands, washing hands: Neil Diamond turns Sweet Caroline into a hygiene PSA
No more “Reaching out, touching me, touching you.”
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As countries around the world begin to lock down and enforce stricter social distancing measures, Neil Diamond has used the time indoors to put a contemporary spin on his song Sweet Caroline. Take a look below:
Stay safe out there! “Hands… washing hands..” ? pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020
“I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya, and I think maybe if we sing together, we’ll feel just a little bit better,” he told the camera before beginning the song.
Despite the fact Sweet Caroline’s lyrics are enshrined as classics, the lines “Hands, touching hands / Reaching out, touching me, touching you” are medically inadvisable during a pandemic. And so for this version, Diamond changed them to “Hands, washing hands / Reaching out, don’t touch me, I won’t touch you.”
Recently, Foals also shared a new video for the track Wash Off, featuring someone demonstrating proper hand washing technique. As well as this, fans were sharing a Rage Against the Machine-inspired hand washing poster, made using the Wash Your Lyrics site.
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