The band in which I play, Robbie Road, likes to try new material. Sometimes we play songs that we have written ourselves, and sometimes songs written by other people. We have turned our attention recently to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.
Some people have assumed that the song was written for Caroline Kennedy, but Neil Diamond says no. Rather it was written for his second wife Marcia, but he couldn’t find any suitable rhymes from Marcia.
One can see his point. It would not really have worked to have included lyrics like:
I used to hang out with trash, but you’re much classier
I want to undo your brassiere.
The rhyme that he came up with:
I’m feeling fine
is much better.
Neil Diamond was evidently very happy with Marcia when they first got together, but they eventually divorced. Some reports suggest that he paid her some $150 million as a divorce settlement, but he was not bitter about it and said that, “She’s worth every penny”.
So that’s fine.