As far as Neil Diamond goes, well, my favorite song by him is that song, the one that many people seem to tire of; after that, I do enjoy many other songs by Diamond, including “Cracklin’ Rosie.”
Written in 1970 for Diamond’s Tap Root Manuscript, it was the song that made Neil big in the United Kingdom. While you might think that the song is a bit misogynist, with lyrics like “store bought woman” and “my Rosie child;” however, it’s only mildly so, since “Cracklin’ Rosie” is not a woman at all, but a drink!
Cracklin’ Rosie is a Canadian wine that Neil grew fond of. Made by a Canadian tribe, it was famous for being consumed by lonely single men who had nothing better to do than to sit around drinking the wine together. So if someone tries to tell you it’s a song about prostitution (and there are plenty of songs about that already), tell them they’re wrong, and that it’s about wine.
To hear the song, click here.