Taylor Swift enlisted the help of country music trio the Dixie Chicks, for an emotional cut, “Soon You’ll Get Better,” featured on her new album Lover, released Friday (Aug. 23).
Don’t expect to hear Natalie Maines’ booming voice leading the vocals. The trio is much more subdued on the heartfelt tune. Natalie, Martie and Emily quietly come in to play with their outstanding harmonies, that only they can produce, on the delicate chorus.
“Ooh-ah You’ll get better / Ooh-ah Soon, you’ll get better / Ooh-ah You’ll get better soon / Ooh-ah Soon, you’ll get better / Ooh-ah Soon, you’ll get better / Ooh-ah You’ll get better soon / ‘Cause you have to,” they sing in the chorus.
Taylor kicks off the song with her tender vocals singing, “The buttons of my coat were tangled in my hair / In doctor’s office lighting, I didn’t tell you I was scared / That was the first time we were there / Holy orange bottles, each night, I pray to you / Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too / And I say to you…,” to kick off the emotional tune.
The new song pays tribute to Taylor’s mom, Andrea, who has battled cancer. The lyrics take into account how Taylor and the family felt upon hearing the news that her mother had been diagnosed with the dreaded disease.
“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?,” she sings in a verse.
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“That was really, really hard to write, and it was just a family decision whether to even put it on the album. 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,” Taylor told fans during her YouTube Live event. “I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song. You’ll understand what I mean in a couple hours.”
We understand. Check out “Soon You’ll Get Better” below.