On this day in 2007, Caroline Kennedy was celebrating her 50th birthday, at the party (via satellite), guest performer Neil Diamond revealed that his 1970 hit song “Sweet Caroline” was actually written about her.
Diamond said he was a “young, broke songwriter” in the ‘60s when he saw a cute photo of Caroline Kennedy in a magazine. “It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony,” he recalled. “It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there.”
In 2014, Diamond came out and revealed to CNN that he had fibbed, the song was actually written about his wife:
“I was writing a song in Memphis, Tennessee, for a session. I needed a three-syllable name,” Diamond said, “The song was about my wife at the time — her name was Marsha — and I couldn’t get a ‘Marsha’ rhyme.”
As crappy as that was of Diamond to do to Kennedy, I am very thankful to hear this. After actually putting the effort into listening to the words. I realized that this has some of the most disturbing lyrics if it were actually written about a child.
Take for example…
And now I, I look at the night, whoo
And it doesn’t seem so lonely
We fill it up with only two, oh
And when I hurt
Hurting runs off my shoulder
How can I hurt when holding you
Warm, touchin’ warm, reaching out
Touching me, touching you
And who could forget the most erotic part of the song, which is not technically part of the lyrics but is required chanting for all 1970’s high-school dances:
SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!
Photo of Caroline Kennedy aged 12.