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‘Hands, washing hands…’: Neil Diamond sends reminder to fans during coronavirus pandemic

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LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 14: Neil Diamond performs during “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

(WJW)–  We are all familiar with the Neil Diamond classic, “Sweet Caroline,” but now the singing legend is using his fan-favorite to send a friendly reminder in times of the coronavirus crisis.

Neil Diamond took to his social media accounts Saturday night to encourage fans.

He said, “I know we are going through a rough time right now, but I love you and I think if we sing together, well we will feel a little bit better.”

Neil changed up his lyrics to Sweet Caroline to a song we all can sing together to help practice social distancing.   

Here are the new lyrics:

“Where it began. I can’t begin to knowing, but then I know it’s growing strong. Was in the spring, and spring became the summer Who’d have believed you’d come along.

Hands, washing hands, reaching out, don’t touch me, I won’t touch 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 filled it up with only two.

And when I hurt, hurting runs off my shoulders, how can I hurt when holding you.

Hands, washing hands, reaching out, don’t touch me, I won’t touch you.”

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