Taylor Swift sings “Come on baby, with us / We’re going to fly away from this / You were the best four years” in one of her most devastating tracks, “Ronan.”
The song was composed from the perspective of an Arizona native Maya Thompson who lost her son Ronan to cancer in 2011. Ronan died just days before he turned four.
Ronan would’ve been 16 on Friday, May 12th. This is also the day Swift performs her first show in Philadelphia during Eras Tour. Swift, who has been friends with Thompson for over a decade, gave her tickets to the Lincoln Financial Field concert, which was sold out.
Thompson: “This year on Ronan’s Birthday, I will be in Philadelphia to attend the Era tour, thanks to Taylor Swift.” wrote On Twitter. “This day can be difficult for me but giving back in any way makes me feel better.”
Thompson also said she would be donating to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to commemorate “Ronan’s Day of Love.” Thompson works to help families fighting childhood cancer through the In 2011, Ronan Thompson launched the Ronan Thompson Foundation in memory of her son.
Ronan was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in 2010. He fought it until his death.
Swift was influenced by Thompson’s “blog” about her son.Rockstar Ronan” was the name of the song that Ronan wrote. “Ronan” is a song that was written by Ronan. Swift’s charity single was originally released as a standalone song. Stand Up to Cancer 2012 telethon.
The song got a second wind in 2021, when Swift was re-recording her 2012 album “Red,” As part of a continuing project to reclaim their music rights. Swift wanted to add “Ronan” to the “Red (Taylor’s Version). She asked Thompson’s consent. Thompson, touched by the request immediately approved it. Thus “Ronan(Taylor’s Version).”
“Taylor has made sure you are never lost and that you have a permanent home,” Thompson wrote to her son in a letter she sent before the release of Red (Taylor’s Version).
Thompson was given writing credit on the 2021 version, since many of the lyrics came directly from her blog. Swift released a video with the lyrics. Ronan’s family photos and videos, including video of him saying “I Love You.”
Thompson hinted at the possibility that she might join in on the Eras Tour, a trend that is sweeping Swiftie fans by storm. Concert goers have been bringing Swift-themed friendship bracelets to the shows to pass out to fellow fans. Thompson posted on Monday a purple beaded bracelet with the name of her son. Twitter… with the caption “See you in four days, Philadelphia.”
Swift She makes her way to Philly This weekend, three performances will be held at Lincoln Financial Field between May 12 and May 14. The highly anticipated “hometown” shows — the singer was born an hour outside Philly at Reading Hospital and spent her earliest years living on a Christmas tree farm in Berks County — have already caused a stir across the city, with themed events for even those (many) Swifties who could not secure tickets to the actual shows.
Each concert on the Eras Tour has been a great experience. Swift’s more than three-hour set includes some surprise songs. These are usually related to the place or time of her performance. As an example Swift sang the song “High Infidelity” during her show on April 29, Atlanta. The song asks, “Do you want to know where April 29 was?”
It’s not too far-fetched to think that Swift will sing “Ronan,” to a packed Linc crowd on May 12, in honor of the 16th anniversary of the “beautiful child.”
“On this day, let us be compassionate, spicy, brave, sparkly, adventurous, and thankful for all that we have,” Thompson wrote in reference to May 12. “Let us embrace our wild and free spirits, and perform a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day. “Let us celebrate the life a little child who should be still with us today.”
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