Taylor Swift's seventh album Lover is full of joyous bops, empowering anthems and blissful love songs, but the 12th track "Soon You'll Get Better" is a tearjerker, and one that the pop star admits was difficult to write. In fact, it makes her so emotional that she doesn't know if she'll ever be able to perform it live.
"That's a song I don't know if I'll ever play it live. It's just really difficult for me," she said during a recent event. "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."
The delicate song, which features the Dixie Chicks, was penned for Swift's mother who has been battling cancer since 2015.
"This song is one that was hard to write, because it's something that I'm going through right now," the singer explained during an iHeartRadio secret session. "My dad got cancer when was 13 and he got better, and it wasn't a very long process, but things with my mom have been very different."
"This song is special in a lot of ways because when I wrote this one, I recorded it with Jack, and he was working, at the time, with the Dixie Chicks, making their new album," she continued. "That's the band that made me wanna do this. There's a handful of artists that made me wanna do this. The Dixie Chicks taught me that you can have a strong female voice, saying whatever she wants in music, and experimenting with having a very feminine aesthetic, but very tough resilience to them. And their musicianship, the way that they played their instruments made me wanna play an instrument. Basically, I said to Jack, 'Can you please play this song for the Dixie Chicks? It's a really special song for me and my family, and they were such a big part of my life, and I wonder if maybe they can sing background vocals on it, or maybe even play on it if they wanted to.' And he played it for them, and they got really emotional hearing it, and wanted to sing on it and play fiddle and banjo on it too. So, the background vocals that you're hearing in this song are the Dixie Chicks, who I'm obsessed with."
Listen to "Soon You'll Get Better" below.
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