Neil Diamonds Sweet Caroline: coronavirus edition

Neil Diamond sang'Sweet Caroline with altered lyrics that encourage fans to practise social distancing

Neil Diamond sang'Sweet Caroline with altered lyrics that encourage fans to practise social distancing

The 79-year-old singer-songwriter shared a video to Twitter of himself singing the amended edition of his 1969 hit - featuring the lyrics: "Hands, washing hands, reaching out, don't touch me, I won't touch you".

Neil Diamond posted a new version of his signature song, "Sweet Caroline", on YouTube Sunday, with lyrics reworked to reflect the coronavirus pandemic.

The video has become the talk of the town, racking up over 100,000 likes within no time.

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In his song, Diamond changes the start to "hands, washing hands" instead.

Perched on the hearth of his fireplace next to his adorable pet pup, Diamond then launched into the familiar tune on acoustic guitar.

He wrote: "Thank you healthcare workers, first responders, supermarket employees, food service and utility workers, delivery drivers and everyone out there who is on the frontlines to keep everyone safe. We applaud you!" read his tweet.

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Neil Diamond is back with some brilliant advice around self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic and of course, washing your hands.

Diamond is just one of the many musicians who have used their hit songs to inspire people to practice good hygiene during these uncertain times. A version of The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was also given a viral update, as was Pink Floyd's "Hey You".

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