Albert Camus in a Neil Diamond Song

Because my dad was a big Neil Diamond fan, I’ve heard this song all my life—and yet missed Albert Camus’ name in the lyrics.

I also missed Ramakrishna and Whistler’s mother.

This YouTube catches them all:

How did I miss Ramakrishna (since Diamond sings it loud and clear)?

Because I always separated the word in two—Diamond singing “rama” to “Krishna.”

It didn’t register to me that Diamond was singing “Ramakrishna” as a reference to the 19th century Calcutta guru who used to dazzle Westerners with his wickedly literary “Sermon on the Mount” style aphorisms.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Albert Camus in a Neil Diamond Song

  1. maelinat says:

    Oh! I didn’t know this song by Neil Diamond, I like so well. Well he doesn’t sing Camus, using the french “u”, that’s funny.
    I adore Buster Keaton too. What a beautiful video!
    Quite nostalgic indeed, but so true. Thank you.
    It makes me think about a song I heard when I was young, and sang with one of my brother. After years I discovered I was singing anything… And the true words were not as droll as we thought…
    :>) I love it.
    Mae

  2. santitafarella says:

    glad you liked it mae.

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