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Revision as of 15:21, 31 March 2008

  • Cover of the Neil Diamond classic.
  • Originally played spontaneously at the show at the Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia, on August 31, 2007. Jonathan had just finished playing Code Monkey, with Paul and Storm accompanying; immediately upon completing the song, he was pelted with a collection of toy monkeys, organized by Jinx. On one of the monkeys was a note inviting Jonathan to play at a party in Las Vegas. Jonathan joked that the author should e-mail him, to which the reply from the audience came, "That was what Neil Diamond said!" Without missing a beat, Jonathan, Paul, and Storm launched into a flawless impromptu version of "Sweet Caroline."
  • The song has been played in many subsequent shows, frequently as the second encore (after First of May), but it has not been recorded in studio.
  • Just as the original has become a popular singalong at sporting events, JoCo's version is usually sung along with at shows: In the chorus, after the phrases "Sweet Caroline" and "I'd be inclined," the audience sings, "Ba ba ba," and after the phrase "So good," the audience chants, "So good! So good! So good!"
  • The bridge, done instrumentally in the original, has developed lyrics in JoCo and P&S's rendition, to wit:

Caroline, you're so sweet and you're Caroline,
Caroline, you're so sweet and you're Caroline,
Caroline, you're so Ca-ro-li-ney...