“Sweet Caroline,” the unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox, became identified with the city’s courageous recovery following the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The song’s composer, Neil Diamond, appeared live at a Red Sox game to sing the song in front of wildly enthusiastic and emotional fans.
Diamond was so inspired by the events that the multi-platinum singer/songwriter has written a new song called “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down).” Diamond says the proceeds from the song will benefit the Boston One Fund and the Wounded Warriors Project. It will be released via iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday July 2, and he’ll sing it for the first time, live, in Washington on July 4, at a Nationals-Brewers game and at the PBS “A Capitol Fourth” concert, broadcast live the U.S. Capitol.
Diamond told the AP:
“I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston. And that’s really all a songwriter needs, is to be inspired. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did.”
“I didn’t know exactly what would happen with this song, but I did know I had to write it. So I set out on that creative journey of writing something that would lift people up, lift their spirits in the way that mine was lifted when I flew to Boston to sing at the Red Sox game.”