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Neil Diamond pleased 'Sweet Caroline' a comfort to Bostonians in time of need

Neil Diamond is pleased that his 43-year-old song "Sweet Caroline" has been used as a way for the country to rally around Bostonians in the wake of the Marathon bombings. 

Sports teams including the New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Dodgers have picked up on the longstanding Boston tradition of playing the song at Red Sox games, and have been playing it themselves in a show of support. And Diamond, the song's original singer and songwriter, has been taking notice on his Twitter feed

"There is a lot of comfort that music can offer," he told the Associated Press. "In this particular situation, I’d much rather it not have happened than for ‘Sweet Caroline’ to become part of it. But it’s obviously offering comfort to people and I feel good about that."

The song was written in 1969 with 11-year-old Caroline Kennedy in mind. "I wrote it in a hotel in Memphis, Tenn.," Diamond said. "And I think there's a little bit of God in that song. I always have felt that. There's no accounting for what can happen to a song. But this one had something special to it.”

Diamond isn't alone; other musicians have found a different way to help assist Bostonians. Specifically, Boston group Dropkick Murphys have raised nearly $100,000 in a matter of hours for the marathon bombing victims, according to their Twitter feed.

The funds have come from the sale of a T-shirt on the band's website which reads "For Boston" on the front against the city's skyline, and on the back features the city's seal and a note: "Thank you, to all who purchased this shirt. All proceeds go to the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Love, Dropkick Murphys."

The T-shirt is still on sale, and costs $25-$27 depending on size.

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