There are various Carolines around the world who think the song is about them, but the titular Caroline wasn't a real person. The name was in the musical landscape thanks to the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline
," which was a UK hit in 1971. In our interview with Francis Rossi
, he said: "We'd heard that around, and it was quite a nice phrase. Bob [Young] did know a Caroline, which I mustn't talk about. But I suppose he was thinking that."