“Soon You’ll Get Better” is the twelveth track on the seventh studio album ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift, and one of the only two collaborations on the album. This collaboration with Dixie Chicks was also teased in the music video of “ME!”
The much-anticipated 2019 album ‘Lover’ contains 18 tracks on the standard edition including three singles “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie, “You Need to Calm Down” and the title track “Lover.” The new album is in complete contrast to Taylor’s previous album ‘Reputation’ released in 2017, which focused on speaking out her mind against her haters. In this era, however, Taylor Swift is in love, and that reflects throughout the album.
“Soon You’ll Get Better” is one of the very few songs that deviate out of the common theme of love in ‘Lover’ album. This heartbreaking anthem is dedicated to Taylor’s mother Andrea Swift who is diagnosed with cancer. In an interview, Taylor Swift spoke about the inspiration behind the song;
There’s a song called Soon You’ll Get Better on Lover that was really really hard to write, and it was also a family decision whether to even put it on the album. And I think songs like that that are really hard for you to write emotionally, maybe they are really hard to write and hard to sing because they are really true.
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The first verse of the song narrates the first time Andrea was diagnosed with cancer. Taylor paints a picture of a distressed self sitting at the doctor’s office waiting to hear the test results, which obviously came out cancer positive. ‘Holy orange bottles’ are little canisters that hold Andrea’s medicine. When everything else fails, even the toughest people turn to a higher power above. And this is when Taylor Swift turned towards Jesus.
In the chorus with Dixie Chicks, Taylor is heard consoling her mother at her bedside assuring her that she will get better. Because she is all Taylor has and she has to recover.
In the second verse of “Soon You’ll Get Better,” Taylor tries to make the best out of the worst situation. She paints the kitchen a bright colour to brighten the mood. Colours have a direct impact on our body and mind. Taylor Swift hopes and prays that her mother recovers soon, but she is not delusional. It’s heartbreaking to have to witness your loved ones slowly walk towards the end of the line. It’s even more heartbreaking when you cannot do anything to help them.
Let’s keep Andrea Swift in our prayers!!!
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The complete album released on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records.