Carolina ("Sweet Caroline" in Latin)

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Rock’s “King of Guilty Pleasures” Gets a Tribute from his Latin Lovers

 

 

 Neil Diamond (c. Heinrich Klaffs, Creative Commons license).
 Neil Diamond (c. Heinrich Klaffs, Creative Commons license).

[Editor’s note: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond has been called rock’s “King of Guilty Pleasures” for his saccharine melodies and Elvis-rivaling jumpsuits, but it’s hard not to smile in a bar full of people singing this song — especially when they’re singing it in Latin. Luke Henderson’s superb translation is easy to sing: just make sure you watch for the slowdown in the bridge.]

 

 

SWEET CAROLINE/CAROLINA (Neil Diamond) (tr. Henderson) [1969]

 

unde ortum, cognoscere non possum,

sed novi rem confirmari.

neque vere, nec tempore æstivo

tandem ad me advenisti.

 

[pons] tangunt manus se ac me,

extendentes ad te,

 

[chorus] Carolina, nemo dulcior quam tu!

hæc tempora ultra jucundissima! et ergo,

 

noctem specto, nec videor tam solus,

immo et frequens nobiscum.

nec jam fero graviter dolorem

cum te amplexu teneo.

 

[pons] uter utram et tangens,

et extendo ad te,

 

[chorus] Carolina, nemo dulcior quam tu!

hæc tempora ultra jucundissima!

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