Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” was heard across England following the Lionesses’ success in the Euro 2022 final.
In recent years, the song has become an unofficial anthem of the country’s sporting success, most recently after the England women’s team’s 2-1 win over Germany in the final on Sunday night (31 July).
The competition was the first time an English team had won a major tournament since 1966, with “Sweet Caroline” being sung throughout.
Diamond’s track was first released in 1969 under the name “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)”.
While the track has taken on new meaning in a sporting context, its inspiration initially remained hidden for many years.
However, in 2007, Diamond said that he wrote the song for John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, who was 11 at the time of the song’s release.
The inspiration was a photo of Caroline Diamond saw in a magazine while he was staying at a hotel in Memphis.
“I’ve never spoken to anyone about it — on purpose,” Diamond said. “I thought maybe I’d tell Caroline when I met her one day.
“It was a picture of a little girl dressed in riding gear to the nines next to her pony. It was such an innocent, beautiful image that I immediately felt like there was a song in it.”
Diamond eventually announced the song’s theme after performing the track on her 50th birthday.
“It was a #1 record and probably the biggest and most important song of my career and I have to thank her for the inspiration,” he said.
“I’m glad I got it out there and expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed impressed and really, really happy.”
Diamond later said in a 2014 interview that he actually chose Caroline when he was looking for a three-syllable name that would fit into a song he wrote about his wife, Marcia, from 1969 to 1996.
Caroline is now working as an international ambassador and will assume the position of US ambassador to Australia under Joe Biden’s administration in July.
Previously, she was US Ambassador to Japan under Barack Obama.
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