Neil Diamond To World: “Sweet Caroline” Was A Kennedy

Nov 20th, 2007 // 13 Comments

52453037.jpgAt this point, “Sweet Caroline” is probably intractably associated with the Boston Red Sox (two World Series wins = they finally supplanted that scene in Beautiful Girls that forever added the “ba-ba-baaaa” to its chorus), and the wave of publicity afforded by the team’s latest World Series win has prompted Neil Diamond to reveal his muse for the track: a 10-year-old Caroline Kennedy, whose hand was apparently touching hand and reaching out with .. a pony. Wait, what?

Diamond was a “young, broke songwriter” when a photo of the president’s daughter in a news magazine caught his eye.

“It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony,” Diamond recalled. “It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there.”

Years later, holed up in a hotel in Memphis, he would write the words and music in less an hour.

“It was a No. 1 record and probably is the biggest, most important song of my career, and I have to thank her for the inspiration,” he said. “I’m happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy.”

The enduring hit recently reappeared on the singles chart, thanks in part to the Boston Red Sox. “Sweet Caroline” is played at every home game.

“I think they consider it good luck,” Diamond said, adding that the Red Sox have become his favorite baseball team.

Hooray, she was touched. (Ha ha, get it?) Happy endings all around! Actually, a really happy ending for me would result from the revelation that the Red Sox are now Diamond’s favorite team: Maybe this means “Caroline” will no longer get played during the eighth inning of Mets games. Sloppy seconds are so unappealing, am I right?

‘Sweet Caroline’ Was Caroline Kennedy [AP]

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  1. thefrontpage

    And “Eleanor Rigby” was really about Eleanor Roosevelt.

  2. Rory B. Bellows

    Candle in the Wind was about Marilyn Monroe.

  3. silkyjumbo

    Shawty Swing My Way was about Monica Lewinski.

  4. Anonymous

    “War Pig” was about Hillary.

  5. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    I had always thought that Neil wrote “Sweet Caroline” about a night in which his bass player Gary and he had struck a kid while driving under the influence.

  6. Garanimal Logic

    Publicity hungry as always, Thomas Dolby just announced that “She Blinded Me With Science” was NOT about Marie Curie.

  7. Bob Loblaw

    “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)” was about the Bishop Desmond Tutu.

  8. Vince Neilstein

    Thank you, Maura, for saying what needed to be said about this song being played during the 8th inning of Mets games. It has GOT to go. Not that I dislike this song, but it belongs to the Red Sox.

  9. Chris Molanphy

    Neil Diamond™: bringing together drunk Boston baseball fans and outerborough New York baseball fans for generations.

  10. OrangeAlert

    hey, who hasn’t been inspired by girls in riding gear at some point?

  11. Oldboy

    And, hey, the Stones’ Flight Number 505 was for JFK,Jr.

  12. FunkyJ

    Sir Mixalot’s “Baby Got Back” was written for Margret Thatcher…

  13. Anonymous

    Neil Diamond…a pedophile. I would have never guessed.

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