Taylor Swift’s ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ Is a Dixie Chicks Collaboration
Taylor Swift revealed the track listing for her highly anticipated new album, Lover, on Friday (Aug. 16), and although the former country star has now firmly entrenched herself in the pop world, there's still reason for country music fans to be excited about her new project. One of the songs on Swift's new record, "Soon You'll Get Better," features the Dixie Chicks.
Lover's 12th song, "Soon You'll Get Better" was described as deeply personal and highly emotional by fans who got an early listen to Swift's new music at one of her invite-only superfan parties. The song is reportedly about Swift's mother Andrea's battle with cancer.
“There was a relapse that happened,” Swift tells Vogue in a recent interview. “It’s something that my family is going through.”
Rumors of a Swift / Dixie Chicks collaboration have been swirling since Swift released her "Me!" music video in late April. The clip features a painting of the Dixie Chicks among a wall filled with paintings of baby chickens wearing sunglasses -- a nod to the song's like "There's a lot of cool chicks out there" -- which many of Swift's fans took to be an "Easter egg" hinting that the country trio would appear on her new album.
Swift continued to drop hints that potentially pointed to a collaboration with the Chicks, while the Dixie Chicks themselves have been in the studio, working on new music with producer Jack Antonoff, a frequent Swift co-conspirator. The clues leading to a Swift / Dixie Chicks team-up trailed off in the lead-up to Lover's release, but a supposed leaked track listing reported the collaboration before Swift's official announcement confirmed it.
Swift is a professed Dixie Chicks fan. During her 1989 World Tour, Swift even invited Maines to be her special guest at a show in Los Angeles, Calif. Together, they sang the Chicks' hit "Goodbye Earl."
"If not for this woman and her band, I would not have known that you could be quirky, be fun, be yourself, be outspoken and brave and real," Swift said that night. "I wouldn't have, when I was, you know, 9 years old, gotten my first CD. I wouldn't have dreamed the things that I dreamed, and I wouldn't be standing on this stage today."
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