The singer appeared during the “One World: Together At Home” concert, which celebrated essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Taylor Swift dug deep to deliver a performance of a song she once said she would never sing live during Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” concert.
The singer was one of the final acts in the Lady Gaga-curated televised event on Saturday night, which raised almost $128 million to combat the coronavirus outbreak in partnership with the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
Introduced by friend and late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who said Swift “has already contributed so much,” the “Lover” singer launched into a stripped down version of the heartbreaking ballad “Soon You’ll Get Better” from her latest album.
A solemn Swift seemed to be holding back tears during the stirring rendition of the song, which was written about her mother’s ongoing cancer battle.
The “Cats” star previously told fans that she’d likely never perform “Soon You’ll Get Better” live, as it was devastating enough to write, let alone share with fans on a stage.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever play it live. It’s just really difficult for me,” she told fans last year. “It was hard to write. It’s hard to sing. It’s hard to listen to for me. But sometimes, music is like that. Sometimes it’s not just about stuff that was pleasant to feel.”