Taylor Swift offered a heartfelt performance of “Soon You’ll Get Better” during the star-studded One World: Together at Home special on Saturday (April 18).
The recorded version of the track features vocals from the Dixie Chicks, but on Saturday, Swift delivered a solo performance of the heartwrenching song. Seated at a piano, Swift appeared to be a bit emotional as she sang the lyrics, which were inspired by her mother’s on-going battle with cancer.
“Soon You’ll Get Better” is featured on Swift’s latest album Lover and is one of the album’s most heartfelt and vulnerable tracks. The song was co-written and co-produced by Swift alongside longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff.
Lyrically, “Soon You’ll Get Better” is raw and honest and is one of the saddest songs of Swift’s entire catalog.
“The buttons of my coat were tangled in my hair/ In doctor’s office lighting, I didn’t tell you I was scared/ That was the first time we were there/ Holy orange bottles, each night, I pray to you/ Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too/ And I say to you…Ooh-ah/Soon, you’ll get better,” she sings on the chorus.
One World: Together at Home was curated by Lady Gaga and put together in an effort to show unity among people across the world who are affected by COVID-19, as well as celebrate and support the courageous frontline health care workers around the world who are doing incredible, life-saving work. The special aired live on Saturday, April 18 on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, and iHeartMedia, as well as Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada.