The "Sweet Caroline" that the song refers to is Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy...
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, touching hands
Reaching out, touching me, touching you

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I'd be 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 I'm holding you

One, touching one
Reaching out, touching me, touching you

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I'd be inclined
To believe they never would
Oh no, no

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Sweet Caroline
I believe they never could
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good


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"Sweet Caroline" as written by Neil Diamond

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentGreat, fun song. I love the way it builds into an explosion; from the very beginning there's a sense of moving toward something big that's just going to knock your socks off. It fits the words really well - something like a love affair begins in a small way and then before you know it it's just this big huge beautiful happy thing.

    "The hands, touchin' hands" part gives me the goosebumps because there's such a sense of anticipation that builds and builds and builds until BAM! Sweet Caroline, bum bum bum - he chorus is incredibly infectious.

    There's a cool little old place in NE Minneapolis called Nye's - it's famous if you're from around there. There's a piano bar where people sit and sing along to songs this little old lady who's been there for like 8000 years plays. I've heard this song done there and it's a lot of fun with a crowd. I'd love to be in Fenway to experience that some time.

    I can't listen to this song without getting a smile on my face and feeling happy.

    And yes - it's about loving someone who loves you back and you can be together for always and everything is perfect. *sigh* It doesn't always feel this way, but boy when it does...!
    jenbebeon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely a favorite of mine. This song says is all when it comes to loving somone.
    Limestone Cowboyon June 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this song cause it's got my great grandma and my middle name in it and it's a good song
    lovemarleyon July 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me have to sing. it gets caught in my head and i love that!
    Amsieon May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't know what it means, but in the 8th inning at every Boston Red Sox home game they play it, and the whole crowd stands and sings, its pretty amazing to be there for
    knuckball7on September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, they do play it in the 8th inning and we all sing. It's the best. I miss fenway. Great place.
    AudiLuvaon October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat drinking tune
    defuncton January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me happy like no other! Loooove it.
    Jillian04on May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs for the meaning of the song, I think he's singing about being happy with a fling. Just a lighthearted song, and it's hard not to sing along. I always wondered why everyone knew this song around here, and now I know. I live in the Boston suburbs but have been to Fenway park only once. Those tickets are too expensive. Such is the downfall of having a champion team, an insanely loyal fan base and a small ball park.
    stoolhardyon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the shiz. I hate it when you tap your foot but anytime I listen to this song I have to. I hear that bass. I tap my foot. I start to sing along. I can't help it. This song perfectly describes a perfect relationship.
    trapperjohnon August 03, 2005   Link

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