Neil Diamond released a remix of “Sweet Caroline” with changed lyrics Sunday in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to help boost people’s spirits.
Diamond changed the lyrics of the well-known song to fit the time of social distancing and released it on Twitter.
“Hands, washing hands, reaching out. Don’t touch me. I won’t touch you,” he sings in a video before diving into the chorus.
Stay safe out there! “Hands... washing hands..” pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020
The original lyrics are “Hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you.”
Diamond is not the only artist to jump at the opportunity to tweak a song as many Americans remain quarantined in their homes.
Nick Lachey also changed the lyrics to “The Hardest Thing,” a song he performed with his band 98 degrees in the 1990s. He posted his version on Instagram on Monday.
“But if we go outside right now, we might spread the disease. So I’ve made up my mind. I’m staying in the house,” he sings in the remixed song.
Jon Bon Jovi wrote the first verse and chorus of a song titled “Do What You Can” and invited followers to write the rest based on what they are going through.
The song, posted on Instagram on Monday, starts by addressing the shutdown of borders and schools around the world and the loss of income many people are experiencing.
“I know you’re feeling kind of nervous,” he sings. “We’re all a little bit confused. Nothing’s the same. This ain’t a game we gotta make it through.”
“When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can,” he sings in the chorus.
The singer then leaves a space for the viewer to add their own verse while he plays the guitar.
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