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Penn State

'Sweet Caroline' BANNED

from Football Sing-a-longs

8/27/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline" will no longer be played at Penn State football games because the lyrics have been deemed inappropriate ... in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The song ...with the lyrics, "touching me, touching you" ... has been a traditional fan sing-a-long at Penn State football home games, but school officials have decided to cut it from the playlist -- for obvious reasons.

But here's the thing, tons of pro and college teams -- most famously the Boston Red Sox -- use the song ... which Diamond has said was inspired by a photo of a then 11-year old Caroline Kennedy with her pony.

So we gotta ask -- if the song's inappropriate at PSU's Beaver Stadium, is it inappropriate for all sporting events?

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The song was written about Caroline Kennedy when she was a little girl...go figure...grosss!!

752 days ago


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Pretty long post, good information but are we not discussing why the song "Sweet Caroline" with the words "Touch me, Touch her" are in was banned?


Thanks Tracy

I think we should put the welfare of our children first before any song or music and have a serious discussion and raise awareness of the subject of child molestation.

Pop music is just pop music, comes and goes, but child molestation brings life time pain to the victims and the families.

752 days ago


Typical - they do a top down review of everything and if there is a whiff of a potential issue - out it goes. Diamond or no Diamond, I give them credit at PSU - they caught it.

It takes one A*HOLE to say "did you hear those lyrics?" So they want to suppress anything that smells bad - trivia or otherwise.

The question is how big is the sweep - so far pretty wide ...

752 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

The song was replaced with the Guns & Roses song, Sweat Child of Mine. I'm just sayin
Phishie from Philly

752 days ago

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I liked that song for a long time until I found out that he wrote that about Caroline Kennedy when she was a child. That's just pedo creepy.

752 days ago


inappropriate...not the song ..but rather the people who run penn state .....its thier fault ...only theres with everyone involved

752 days ago

bill haight    

I think you people are going just a little over the edge people are just jumping on the bang wagon. Also lohan did not steal the necklace it was a set up by the jewelry owner for free publicity and if the d. a. could not have seen it they just out to get her I have worked with jewelry store owners and they know who has what on at all times no body get away with anything unless they want it to happen. they set her up !!!!!!!!!!!!

752 days ago


i am shocked it's 75 o 25 % FOR Sweet Caroline, shocked.

752 days ago

Zephyr, Enemy of #LittleWhores    

How about:

The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"?

752 days ago


they should rename the team and stadium "beaver" is innapprproiate as well

752 days ago


And yet Beaver is not inappropriate......

752 days ago


Obvious reasons . . . like . . . ?

752 days ago

Hey Scudder    

who wants to make friend with me ?

752 days ago


So mentioning the word 'toucking' in a song is bad but they turn a blind eye to the actual crimes??

752 days ago


Touching me Touching you? Michael jackson did you ghost write these lyrics!!??

747 days ago
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