Hands, touching hands/Reaching out, touching me, touching you – Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond
And this’ll have you bopping on land or sea… Sweet Caroline, oh, oh, oh, good times never felt so good (so good, so good, so good).
You always know you’re onto a rousing stadium song and party favourite when the crowd know their cues.
And so randomly here are some of the places where those good times with Neil Diamond have never felt so good.
The duel in the crown
I don’t know what you’re having
Pat O’Brien’s duelling pianos, Universal Orlando: And you’ll need to bring a fistful of dollars with you (no, not the film though I dare say they’d play that soundtrack too).
Somebody will almost certainly ask for Sweet Caroline, and Piano Man, so that leaves the field open for your other faves.
Randomly I asked for (and got) Barry Manilow’s Mandy… ‘And I came and I gave without taking, and you sent me away, I’m Murty.’
Summer in New York
Holding hands… well, almost
The Beast, The Hudson River, New York: And on the hottest day of the summer with no space on the sidewalk (remember that) then the best place to go is the Hudson.
You’ll want to take the 70ft powerboat The Beast building up to 45mph around the Statue of Liberty.
And as you pass by New Jersey on the other side there’s a nod to that state’s favourite sons Bon Jovi and Livin’ On A Prayer.
A gran old time in Austria
And that’s Ehrwald Presley there on the keyboards
Ehrwald, Austria: And what do you give a group of Irish senior walkers for musical entertainment?
But one of our group pointed out that we were an Irish group and ran off a list of Irish Wedding Songs… and obviously Sweet Caroline.
And wait till the party gets started
We’ve had the DJ belt out Hi Ho Silver Lining, 500 Miles, Delilah and It’s Not Unusual.
But the one that really rocks the boat is… you guessed it Sweet Caroline. So good, so good, so good.