Archive for February, 2014

Sweet Caroline

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The song Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, at first glance, is a light hearted look at budding love in a new relationship. Upon further investigation into the song there are a number of things that suggest his feelings of happiness are fleeting and unsure. I believe he’s already predicting the end of the relationship, if it’s even a relationship at all. For example, he says he doesn’t know where it began but he feels it’s growing strong. A feeling is just that. I feel like I like you, I’m just not sure I like you. He implies that hasn’t been long. Spring turned into summer. So maybe only a few months. He tell us that he hurts but it doesn’t hurt when she’s around. He not saying the hurt goes away, it just ‘runs off his shoulders’. I think, he is having too many ‘good times’ which ‘never seemed so good’ and it hides the fact that underneath it all, he’s lonely and with her he doesn’t ‘seem so lonely’ but he is. This is just a fling. Flings are easy, gentle and offer good times. Caroline is a band-aid to hide the festering fucked-up-ness of his lonely sad existence. He should get a dog instead.

This song is loosely inspired by Neil’s song and pays homage to it at the end. I thought it would be a good idea to film myself recording it this time. What you see in this video is a Brauner tube microphone and an Ampex ATR-102 tape recorder. This is in my mastering studio.

I cannot legitimize
these feelings that have taken over me
can I not lobotomize
and forget everything you were to me

And then in time time time
i’ll feel fine fine fine fine

Oh take away this sentiment
the symptoms and the problems of the time
and throw me into sacrament
bring me closer to the voice inside

I’ll sit here and play sweet caroline
bah bah bah bah bah I’ve been inclined

No words on the page are going to save me
and neither are rotations at a 33rd and 3
no words on the page are going to save me
and nor are expectations of how this all should be

I’ll sit here and play sweet Caroline
bah bah bah bah bah I’ve been inclined

What can I do to recompense
rationalize why I’m emotionally choked
you’re a victim of circumstance
wrong place, wrong time, wrong heart that has broke

Then in time time time
you’ll feel fine fine fine

Oh wash away with whiskey
the bitterness of my taste on your tongue
and drag in from your cigarette
that it may burn expell me from your lunges

I’ll sit here and sing sweet Caroline
bah bah bah bah bah I’ve been inclined

No words on the page are going to save me
and neither are rotations at a 33rd and 3
no words on the page are going to save me
and nor are expectations of how this all should be

I’ll sit here and sing sweet Caroline
bah bah bah bah bah i’m feeling fine

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…