Last night, dozens of artists took part in Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home broadcast, which raised funds for COVID-19 relief and showed support for frontline workers around the world. Taylor Swift appeared on the livestream, giving a stripped-down version of Lover track “Soon You’ll Get Better.” It is the first time she has ever performed this song live.
“Soon You’ll Get Better” is a song Swift wrote about her mother’s battle with cancer. She has spoken before about how this is a song that is hard for her to listen to, much less perform. “I don’t know if I’ll ever play it live,” she said in an interview with Billboard. “It’s just really difficult for me. It was hard to write. It’s hard to sing. It’s hard to listen to for me. But sometimes, music is like that. Sometimes it’s not just about stuff that was pleasant to feel.”
However, Swift overcame her reservations about playing it last night, giving a poignant and earnest performance of one of her most moving songs. The lyrics describe the complicated feelings that come from watching someone you love go through an illness, a feeling that many can now relate to.
This is not Swift’s only contribution to those struggling with the effects of COVID-19. Over the last few weeks, Swift has been quietly reaching out to fans in need and donating money to help pay rent, buy groceries and just keep things going. She also gave money to Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, an independent record store in Nashville, to pay employees’ salaries and for three months of health care.
On Friday, Swift announced the cancellation of her 2020 tour dates and that she was postponing her Lover Fest dates until 2021. “I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision,” Swift tweeted. “Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”
Check out Swift’s performance of “Soon You’ll Get Better” here!
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