Taylor Swift’s Heartbreaking New Song “Ronan” Tributes Four-Year-Old Cancer Victim: Listen

Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is a sassy kiss-off to an ex-paramour, but her Stand Up To Cancer track “Ronan” is a goodbye of an entirely different variety. Co-written with Maya Thompson, the song is a tribute to Thompson’s four-year-old son Ronan, who succumbed to cancer last year. If that idea alone isn’t enough to get you bawling, the gorgeous ballad itself is likely to, featuring ruminations such as Ronan would want to be for Halloween this year if he were still alive and lyrics like “You were my best four year.”

The subject matter is so devastating, Swift herself even has to audibly sigh at one point. And yet, despite the sadness, the ultimate takeaway is one of hope: “What if the miracle was even getting one moment with you?” Hear it below.

Taylor Swift – “Ronan”

Surely, both lyrically and musically, this has to be one of Swift’s best songs ever, no?

Visit the Ronan Thompson Foundation for more on the song’s subject, and let us know how many tears you shed listening to the tune on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.

  • Judy Rombough

    My 22 month old grandson was born with neuroblastoma, & thank God & the wonderful medical workers, his last checkups have been clean & he is a lovely healthy little man. But we are aware that each day is a gift from God, & my heart goes out to The families that haven’t been as forttunate as ours. Thank you Taylor for the beautiful song about Ronan to remind us to give those we love an extra hug & enjoy each day we have with them.

  • liz

    Ronan by Taylor Swift

  • tamsa

    this is too too sad
    taylor is the best
    wow, teardrops cant listen anymore

  • Tiki Burchard

    my heart hurts so bad for this mommy. From the bottom of my heart God bless you honey. I know how it feels to loose a child.Nothing gives you peace it hurts to even breath. God bless you honey Im so sorry for your loss.

  • dede

    this was one of the songs that the dancers danced to at my high school’s dance concert. the song was emotional, but the thing that made me lose it was at the end they had the little brother (about 4 years old) of one of the dancers come on the stage and hug the “mommy”. The feels, bro. too many feels.