Taylor Swift recently performed “Soon You’ll Get Better,” a cut off her latest studio album Lover, live for the first time.
Over the weekend, Swift joined a number of pop stars for One World: Together at Home, a special livestream concert hosted by Global Citizen in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. The eight-hour COVID-19 benefit event included performances from the likes of Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and more.
During her set, Swift delivered a heart-rending piano version of the song, which originally featured the Dixie Chicks. Against a pastel pink backdrop, the singer crooned over the tender melody, “Ooh-ah / Soon, you’ll get better / Ooh-ah / You’ll get better soon / ’Cause you have to.”
“Soon You’ll Get Better” was written about Swift’s mother, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. In an earlier conversation with Billboard, the pop star said that she didn’t know if she would ever perform the tune 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,” Swift said. “But sometimes, music is like that. Sometimes it’s not just about stuff that was pleasant to feel.”
The live rendition of “Soon You’ll Get Better” also appears on the One World: Together at Home soundtrack album, which Global Citizen released shortly after the special. The record includes all the songs performed during the event, with proceeds of the album’s streams going towards its COVID-19 relief fund.
Check out Swift’s performance below:
And stream the full One World live album here: