We’ve been hearing about a song on Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover, featuring the Dixie Chicks. Well the album is out today and sure enough, there is a beautiful, yet sad, song from the trio and the superstar called “Soon You’ll Get Better.”
If you believe the rumor mill, the song is about Swift’s mother, Andrea, who is battling cancer. Lyrically, that seems to be accurate. The song starts with Taylor confessing that she was hiding fears and wearing a brave face from the first doctor’s visit forward.
She portrays her mother as the strong one, while she herself deals with the situation with denial.
“I know delusion when I see it in the mirror / You like the nicer nurses / You make the best of a bad deal / I just pretend it isn’t real,” she sings in the second verse.
The track is simple with country textures from acoustic guitar chords, some light banjo and fiddle providing texture, which puts the lyrics in the foreground. Swift delivers a vulnerable vocal performance, while the Dixie Chicks’ harmonies help lift the choruses.
The final verse seems to imply the situation may not turn out as she wants. “This won’t go back to normal / If it ever was / It’s been years of hoping / And I keep saying it because / ‘Cause I have to,” before returning once more to the idea that everything will get better soon.
Lover is Swift’s seventh studio album and first since leaving Big Machine Records for Republic Records.