Hands washing hands: Neil Diamond pens amended version of Sweet Caroline

Hands washing hands: Neil Diamond pens amended version of Sweet Caroline

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While retaining most of the song's original lyrics - which are ironically relevant to the outbreak of the global pandemic - in the pre-chorus, Diamond sings: "Hands... washing hands / Reaching out... don't touch me / I won't touch you".

Neil Diamond has updated his classic song "Sweet Caroline" in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Give it a try okay?" says the singer-songwriter in a two-minute clip, tweeted with the caption "Stay safe out there!"

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.

But there are other lines about "hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you" - all actions strongly discouraged in this era of social distancing. Diamond captioned the video with some of the updated lyrics.

On Saturday, a video of the 79-year-old singer performing "Sweet Caroline" was posted to social media and featured tips on hot to battle COVID-19.

Diamond is just one of the many musicians who have used their hit songs to inspire people to practice good hygiene during these uncertain times.

Diamond's new version switches these words to "hands, washing hands" instead.

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