72-year-old musician will release the song next Tuesday, ahead of the July 4 holiday.
Neil Diamond’s song “sweet Caroline” is played during every Boston Red Sox home game, so it was no surprise that he made an appearance in the city in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
Now the 72-year-old musician has written a song about Boston and plans to release it next week.
Called “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” the tune will benefit the One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project when it’s available beginning Tuesday.
“I was inspired by meeting the first responders before I went out to sing ‘Sweet Caroline,’” Diamond told the Boston Herald. “Their humility, their character. That’s all a songwriter needs, that spark.”
The song, according to the Herald, includes gospel-style organ music as well as some acoustic guitar. “They’ll never take us down/ Though some may try/ We’re gonna stand our ground/ It’s do or die,” is one verse.
Diamond said he wanted to release the song before July 4, so it was a scramble to write, record, and edit to hit the self-imposed deadline.
“This was one of the most difficult songs I’ve ever written,” said Diamond, who will debut the song at a Nationals-Brewers game on July 4 before, we assume, singing it again that night at “A Capital Fourth.” “And I wanted to get it right.”