Taylor Swift has just dropped her new album, Lover, and she’s opening up about why a specific track has a very personal meaning to her.
While speaking with fans at Thursday night’s YouTube Originals livestream to celebrate the album’s release, reports Entertainment Weekly, the 29-year-old singer revealed her new collaboration with the Dixie Chicks, “Soon You’ll Get Better”, was particularly difficult for her.
“That was really, really hard to write, and it was just a family decision whether to even put it on the album,” she said of the song just before the album’s release. “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.”
A look at the lyrics indicates the new song is about her mother’s battle with cancer, with lyrics: “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.”
Andrea Swift, 61, was first diagnosed with cancer four years ago and had seemingly beat the disease, but earlier this year the singer revealed that her mother’s cancer had returned.
“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family,” she wrote in an essay for Elle, published in March. “Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again. It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now.”
You can listen to the emotional new song below: