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Sweet Caroline lyrics: Words to the Neil Diamond classic, and why England fans adopted it as a football song

The i 7/11/2021 Alex Finnis

England fans have adopted Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ as a favourite anthem on their journey to the Euro 2020 final.

Wembley DJ Tony Parry made the decision to play the 1969 hit after the win over Germany, and it went down a storm.

He told TalkSport: “I was going to play ‘Vindaloo’, but went with my gut.

“Even the German fans were belting it out in the end. It’s a song that all fans can enjoy.

“The match director said in my in-ear: ‘The world’s been closed for 18 months… let ’em have it’.”

Fans have been chanting it in pubs and in the streets ever since, and the Wembley DJ blasted it out of the speakers again on Wednesday night, after England’s 2-1 win over Denmark.

The players danced on the pitch as the fans serenaded them with the chorus – and the country will be hoping for a triumphant repeat when the full-time whistle blows on Sunday night.

‘Sweet Caroline’ lyrics

Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing

But then I know it’s growing strong

Was in the spring

And spring became the summer

Who’d have believed you’d come along

Hands, touching hands

Reaching out, touching me, touching you

Sweet Caroline

Good times never seemed so good

I’ve been inclined

To believe they never would

But now I

Look at the night and it don’t seem so lonely

We filled it up with only two

And when I hurt

Hurting runs off my shoulders

How can I hurt when holding you

One, touching one

Reaching out, touching me, touching you

Sweet Caroline

Good times never seemed so good

I’ve been inclined

To believe they never would

Oh no, no

Sweet Caroline

Good times never seemed so good

Sweet Caroline

I believe they never could

Sweet Caroline

Good times never seemed so good

‘Sweet Caroline’ and sports

‘Sweet Caroline’ has a long association with sport, particularly in the United States.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team play it at every home game – a tradition dating back to 1997.

It is said the stadium DJ first played it in honour of a baby girl named Caroline, who had just been born to a member of team staff.

It caught on and became a regular fixture at Fenway Park – and these days is also played by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, among others.

In the UK, the song is popular at football clubs including Aston Villa and Chelsea, and will often be played over the stadium speaker after wins.

England cricket fans sing it from the stands, and it is also a favourite at boxing matches.

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