Taylor Swift: Including ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ On Her New Album Was a ‘Family Decision’

Taylor Swift at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party
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Taylor Swift is known for discussing personal subjects in her songs, but it usually has to do with her romantic relationships. On her latest album, Lover, she included a deeply personal song, but the subject is something Swift has talked little about before. Your heart may break for Swift’s family when you find out what Soon You’ll Get Better is really about. 

Taylor Swift’s mom battles cancer

Swift has a close relationship with her mother, Andrea Swift. She cares for her well-being so much that her Christmas present one year was a full health screening. Unfortunately, as a result of those tests in 2015, Andrea was diagnosed with cancer. 

This year, Swift revealed that her mother’s cancer had relapsed, and they were again dealing with the diagnosis. To make matters worse, Swift’s father also has cancer, although his isn’t as serious as Andrea’s. In an essay for Elle, Swift described the impact her parent’s health scares have had on her. 

“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family,” she wrote as part of an essay about 30 things she learned before turning 30. “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.”

‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ is about their struggle

Lover, Swift’s latest album, was just released last month and it includes a very personal song. “Soon You’ll Get Better,” featuring the Dixie Chicks, is about her parent’s struggle with cancer, and her struggle to support them through it. During a YouTube Live session before the album’s release, Swift revealed that it was the hardest song for her to write. “I think songs like that are really hard for you to write emotionally,” she said, “maybe they’re hard to write and hard to sing because they’re really true.”

The song’s lyrics reveal personal details about her struggle. “Holy orange bottles, each night I pray to you,” Swift sings. “Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too.”

The bridge tells about Swift’s desire to talk about the struggle.

“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?”

Including the song was a family decision

The song is very personal, but not just for Swift, it’s personal for her family as well. That’s why it was a family decision to share it on the album. During her YouTube Live talk, Swift spoke about how her family discussed the song and made the mutual decision to include it. “We as a family decided to put this on the album,” she said. “It’s something I’m so proud of. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to emotionally deal with that song.”

The fact that Swift made the decision with her family shows her maturity and love for them. She understands that releasing a song like that could have an emotional impact on her family, and she respects their wishes. We feel much better listening to the song, knowing that it was released with her family’s blessing. Otherwise, it could have come across like a voyeur exposing someone else’s pain, and that wouldn’t have been a good look for Swift. What she did was perfect. We just hope her family will be able to get through this health scare.