Taylor Swift Performs

Taylor Swift won millions of hearts with her rare performance of hope at the virtual concert One World: Together At Home where she performed “Soon You’ll Be Better”

by Monika

Updated: Apr 19, 2020 18:20 IST

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That was really, really hard to write - Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift joined other stars, including Lady Gaga, Sir Paul McCartney, Beyonce, etc., during an evening celebrating frontline medical workers fighting the COVID-19 crisis. The singer was introduced by the co-host for the evening, Jimmy Fallon, who said Swift had “already contributed so much” amid the crisis.

Taylor Swift then appeared, sitting with her piano in front of a floral background. Wearing an understated blacktop, she delivered a touching rendition of “Soon You’ll Get Better,” a track written about her mother’s cancer diagnosis. The singer was seen spreading a ray of hope as she sang, “Soon, you’ll be better, cause you have to.” “And I hate to make this all about me/ But who am I supposed to talk to?/ What am I supposed to do?/ If there’s no you,” the song goes. 

The lyrics took on a new meaning against the backdrop of a global health crisis, as she sang of hospital visits and fears for the future. At one point, Swift appeared on the verge of tears. She had previously spoken about how difficult the song was to perform due to its subject matter.

She said: “I don’t know if I’ll ever play it live. 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.”

Taylor had never performed this song at concerts before. “That was really, really hard to write, and it was just a family decision whether to even put it on the album,” she had said in a YouTube Live video before the concert. “We as a family, decided to put this on the album, and it’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song. You’ll understand what I mean in a couple of hours,” she added.

The performance came after Swift announced she was canceling all live performances in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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