Sweet Caroline chords by Neil Diamond


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Sweet Caroline | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

||: F#11 :|| x7

Verse 1

| B | B | E | E |
Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing.
| B | B | F# | F# |
But then I know it’s growing strong.
| B | B | E | E |
Was in the spring, and spring became the summer.
| B | B | F# | F# |
Who’d have believed you’d come along.

Bridge 1

| B | B | B6 | B6 |
Hands, touching hands.
| F# | F# | E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
Reaching out, touching me, touching you.

Chorus 1

| B | E (Emaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| B | E (Emaj7) |
I’ve been inclined.
| E | E | F# E | B/D# F#/C# |
To believe they never would, but now I.

Verse 2

| B | B | E | E |
Look at the night, and it don’t seem so lonely.
| B | B | F# | F# |
We filled it up with only two.
| B | B | E | E |
And when I hurt, hurting runs off my shoulders.
| B | B | F# | F# |
How can I hurt when holding you.

Bridge 2

| B | B | B6 | B6 |
One, touching one.
| F# | F# | E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
Reaching out, touching me, touching you.

Chorus 2

| B | E (Emaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| B | E (Emaj7) |
I’ve been inclined.
| E | E | F# E | B/D# F#/C# |
To believe they never would, oh no, no.

Instrumental

||: F#11 :|| x7

Chorus 3

| B | E (Emaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| B | E (Emaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) |
I believe they never could.
| B | E (Emaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| E | E | F# | F# (F#sus4) | to fade
Good times never seemed so good.



Sweet Caroline | Chords + Lyrics (capo 2)


Intro

||: D/E :|| x7

Verse 1

| A | A | D | D |
Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing.
| A | A | E | E |
But then I know it’s growing strong.
| A | A | D | D |
Was in the spring, and spring became the summer.
| A | A | E | E |
Who’d have believed you’d come along.

Bridge 1

| A | A | A6 | A6 |
Hands, touching hands.
| E | E | D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
Reaching out, touching me, touching you.

Chorus 1

| A | D (Dmaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| A | D (Dmaj7) |
I’ve been inclined.
| D | D | E D | A/C# E/B |
To believe they never would, but now I.

Verse 2

| A | A | D | D |
Look at the night, and it don’t seem so lonely.
| A | A | E | E |
We filled it up with only two.
| A | A | D | D |
And when I hurt, hurting runs off my shoulders.
| A | A | E | E |
How can I hurt when holding you.

Bridge 2

| A | A | A6 | A6 |
One, touching one.
| E | E | D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
Reaching out, touching me, touching you.

Chorus 2

| A | D (Dmaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| A | D (Dmaj7) |
I’ve been inclined.
| D | D | E D | A/C# E/B |
To believe they never would, oh no, no.

Instrumental

||: D/E :|| x7

Chorus 3

| A | D (Dmaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
Good times never seemed so good.
| A | D (Dmaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
I believe they never could.
| A | D (Dmaj7) |
Sweet Caroline.
| D | D | E | E (Esus4) | to fade
Good times never seemed so good.



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Sweet Caroline Analysis + TAB

I guess it does make sense to put a capo on the second fret when playing Neil Diamond‘s Sweet Caroline.

For a while I contemplated fret 4, thinking in G, and I also made a case for no capo, thinking in B but at the end of the day, it’s probably best in the key of A, with a capo on fret 2.

The verse chords are a simple I – IV – I – V, like this in the key of A.

||: A | A | D | D |
| A | A | E | E :||

The bridge introduces a 6 chord which because it’s the first extension, really stands out, here are the bridge chords:

| A | A | A6 | A6 |
| E | E | D | D | E | E (Esus4) |

The chorus is slightly more adventurous with some extensions in maj7 and sus4. The descending chords in the last two bars are a nice touch.

| A | D (Dmaj7) | D | D | E | E (Esus4) |
| A | D (Dmaj7) | D | D | E D | A/C# E/B |

Members get TAB for playing in the key of A, including those horn lines into the comping. It’s actually great fun to play this tune if you go the extra mile, beyond just strumming open-position chords.

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Sweet Caroline – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Sweet Caroline is many sports fan’s signature song!

Released in 1969 under the full title Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good), it is said to be written about John F. Kennedy’s 11-year-old daughter (called Caroline) and Neil Diamond’s wife.

A top 10 hit in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Ireland, and South Africa, Neil has sold around 5 million copies of this classic.

It has since become the song to sing when an English football team wins something important. As late as 2021, when the English Men reached the Euro final it re-entered the charts in the U.K.

In 2022, when the England Women’s team actually won the tournament, BBC Radio 2 played the song on the hour, every hour.

This tradition started in America for the Boston Red Sox when the song was played to honour the birth of an employee’s daughter named Caroline. It had such a great response from the crowd, that they just kept doing it.

Soon the tradition spread to other countries and sports.

People seem to not be able to get their heads around why this particular song has worked so well but I know, it’s simple; audience participation! Works every time.



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