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    Neil Diamond reveals `Caroline' inspiration

    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'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.

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    That's really neat; I always liked Neil Diamond and his fantastic music.

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    Do you think this is really true?
    Sweet I guess but, she was like 10 when he wrote this song.

    Written by: neil diamond

    Where it began
    I cant begin to knowin
    But then I know its growin strong

    Was in the spring
    And spring became the summer
    Whod have believed youd come along

    Hands, touchin hands
    Reachin out
    Touchin me
    Touchin you

    Sweet caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    Ive been inclined
    To believe they never would

    But now i
    Look at the night
    And it dont seem so lonely
    We fill it up with only two
    And when I hurt
    Hurtin runs off my shoulders
    How can I hurt when Im with you

    Warm, touchin warm
    Reachin out
    Touchin me
    Touchin me

    Sweet caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    Ive been inclined
    To believe they never would
    Oh, no, no

    Sweet caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    Ive been inclined
    I believed they never could
    Sweet caroline

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    IF true, he is a perv. Just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishleigh View Post
    IF true, he is a perv. Just sayin'.
    the words do seem odd. Maybe just her name was the inspiration for the title.

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    Awww, my friend who committed suicide just loved Neil Diamond and especially this song. We used to play it over and over. I can't even hear him without thinking of my friend, now gone.

    I would like to think he just was inspired by a sweet young girl and used her name to write romantic lyrics - not that the lyrics were directed at a 10 year old girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    the words do seem odd. Maybe just her name was the inspiration for the title.

    That's what I think. Just that he thought she was sweet and pretty and her name is lovely...the chorus probably was inspired by her. Maybe even just the "Sweet Caroline...good times never seemed so good."

    But then the rest of the song was just a love song, inspired by his own experiences, maybe even part(s) of a song or songs he already had rattling around in his head.

    At least, that's how the artists and writers I know work.

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    Maybe that's why it took him 40 years to tell...yucky pucker Just kiddin (I have always loved Neil, Barry, Barbara...Shows my age!).

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    He didn't actually write the song until years later, the article said. He was simply inspired by that initial picture. So she woulda been older when he wrote it. Or, maybe he's a perv, lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eve View Post
    Awww, my friend who committed suicide just loved Neil Diamond and especially this song. We used to play it over and over. I can't even hear him without thinking of my friend, now gone.

    I would like to think he just was inspired by a sweet young girl and used her name to write romantic lyrics - not that the lyrics were directed at a 10 year old girl.

    Eve
    i agree


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    Quote Originally Posted by eve View Post
    Awww, my friend who committed suicide just loved Neil Diamond and especially this song. We used to play it over and over. I can't even hear him without thinking of my friend, now gone.

    I would like to think he just was inspired by a sweet young girl and used her name to write romantic lyrics - not that the lyrics were directed at a 10 year old girl.

    Eve
    I'm sure that's it. He's a commercial songwriter and knew perfectly well that a song about a 10-year-old he'd never met wasn't going to sell records.

    So he grabbed her name and wrote lyrics (though not very good ones) that could be interpreted romantically. Happens all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eve View Post
    Awww, my friend who committed suicide just loved Neil Diamond and especially this song. We used to play it over and over. I can't even hear him without thinking of my friend, now gone.

    I would like to think he just was inspired by a sweet young girl and used her name to write romantic lyrics - not that the lyrics were directed at a 10 year old girl.

    Eve
    I'm so sorry about your friend, Eve. I too interpret Caroline as his inspiration in the way that you suggest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    I'm sure that's it. He's a commercial songwriter and knew perfectly well that a song about a 10-year-old he'd never met wasn't going to sell records.

    So he grabbed her name and wrote lyrics (though not very good ones) that could be interpreted romantically. Happens all the time.
    You got that right, Nova!
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    Great. Now I have that song stuck in my head.


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    I don't think it is perverted at all. If you think of it from the aspect of a parent and child it is so true.

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