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Neil Diamond Awkward Moment With

Chick Who Inspired 'Sweet Caroline'

12/28/2011 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Neil Diamond has said "Sweet Caroline" was inspired by a photo of a 4-year-old Caroline Kennedy -- hence the awkward laughter when Caroline recited the line, "touching me, touching you" back at the singer during the Kennedy Center Honors event last night.

Diamond insists there was nothing pervy about the song -- in 2007, he explained, "It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony ... It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there."

Still, kinda weird ... right?

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1.

stu    

Barry Mannilow, Johnny Mathus, Neil Sedaka,Neil Diamond...talented guys w/ Liberace taste

967 days ago
2.

Tim    

Neil wants to do her, you can tell.

967 days ago
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That explains it    

I don't know all of the lyrics to this song, but the "touching you, touching me" may have been referring to touching his heart, not actually doing any physical touching. I think you guys might be the perverts!

967 days ago
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s0urpatch575    

Neil is like dayumm she turned out to be hot! He sure wants to touch her now!

967 days ago
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Carol L    

OMG. This was an innocent and lovely song when it came out. It was an innocent time and I wi***** was Still.

967 days ago
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buzz kill    

What normal person even thinks about touching and being touched by a 4 year old. He should never have mentioned the inspiration for the song. Beyond creepy.

967 days ago
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David Addison    

Caroline was disrespectful by insinuating Neil Diamond had perverted thoughts over a classic song, sang at every Boston Red Sox game. She basically tried to roast him.

Caroline - stick to being known for your name and leave the roasting to Jeffrey Ross.

967 days ago
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Carl    

It is sad how these days almost anything anyone says or does can get them labeled as a potential child molester.

967 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Yeah, don't ever let Smokey sing Sweet Caroline again. He sounded like a fruitcake.

967 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

No, it isn't weird at all. What is weird is that anyone would immediately think of that.

967 days ago
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Cooper    

I totally agree with Stupid People Hater.
Lionel Ritchie (sp)? should not have changed the lyrics to I Am I Said.......it's not his song.

967 days ago
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CLINT    

Have any of you ever heard the word "touching", as in "that was such a touching story." TMZ has made it seem like Neil Diamond wanted to molest her. Absolutely crazy that some of you feed into this and now call a great song writer a pervert. Bunch of effing sick effs on this site who have no idea about what great song writing is about or who the good people on this planet are. TMZ has warped your brains so you believe everyone is a pervert, a nut or an A-hole. There are people out there that see only the good in life, but it is rare on this site.

967 days ago
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Marc M    

"Touching me, Touching You" doesn't have to mean physically.... morons.

967 days ago
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Kaffee    

Sounds like the person who wrote this story is the pervert.

967 days ago
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Sooz    

Grow up, TMC! Whomever writes this crass observation is so young or so jaded you don't recall when everything wasn't about sex and perversion. Two nice people. One great popular song. Grow up.

967 days ago
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