Eddy McManus’s version of “Sweet Caroline” is a stunning tribute to the original, written and performed by Neil Diamond in May of 1969. This song, which was released just before the famous “Summer of Love” and the Woodstock Festival, quickly became a hit, reaching the fourth spot on the Billboard charts in the United States and selling over two million digital downloads. It’s no surprise that it has remained enduringly popular in the world of music to this day.
In addition to its commercial success, “Sweet Caroline” has also become a popular choice for sports fans to sing along to at games. It can be heard blasting through the speakers at every Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, played at the bottom of the 8th inning. The song is also commonly played during New York Rangers hockey games, and was even named the club’s song of the year for the 2005/2006 season by coach Tom Renney. The Carolina Panthers of the NFL and the English soccer team have also adopted “Sweet Caroline” as their own.
But despite its association with sports, the lyrics of “Sweet Caroline” tell a much different story. They describe the experience of meeting a loved one and watching the time slip away as the relationship grows and deepens. The singer finds themselves exclaiming with happiness that they’ve finally found love, and everything is better than they could have ever hoped.
Eddy McManus’s version of this song perfectly captures the sentiment of these lyrics, making it a must-listen for fans of the original or just great music in general. So go ahead and give it a listen – you won’t be disappointed.