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Taylor Swift - Ronan (Lyrics)

"Ronan" is a charity single released on September 8, 2012 by Taylor Swift to iTunes Stores. Swift wrote the single based on a blog she read of a four year old boy who had died from cancer, Ronan Thompson. Swift wrote the song, with co-writing credit going to Maya Thompson, the mother of Ronan. Swift first performed the song live for Stand Up to Cancer in September 2012, and all proceeds of the single go to help fight cancer. The title of the song is the boy's name, Ronan.

Rónán is an Irish language male given name meaning "little seal" (Rón meaning "seal", and -án being a diminutive suffix).

The re-recording of this song is the 21st track of Red (Taylor's Version).

Background

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Taylor Swift - Ronan

Taylor performing Ronan at Stand Up To Cancer

Swift wrote the song after reading Maya Thompson's blog. Thompson is the mother of four year old Ronan Thompson, who died in 2011 of neuroblastoma. He was treated at the famous Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Swift credits Thompson's mother as the co-writer of the song. It was released to the US iTunes Store shortly after the Stand Up to Cancer telethon ended and all proceeds of the single go towards cancer charities. Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records, has confirmed via Twitter that the song is not included on Swift's album, Red, as Swift had chosen the song for the telethon after the tracks were considered and that they "may have to rethink" adding it to the album.

Lyrics

I remember your bare feet, down the hallway
I remember your little laugh
Race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back

I remember your blue eyes looking into mine
Like we had our own secret club
I remember you dancing before bed time
Then jumping on me waking me up

I can still feel you hold my hand, little man
And even the moment I knew
You fought it hard like an army guy
Remember I leaned in and whispered to you

Come on baby with me we're going to fly away from here
You were my best four years

I remember the drive home
When the blind hope turned to crying and screaming "Why?"
Flowers pile up in the worst way, no one knows what to say
About a beautiful boy who died

And it's about to be Halloween
You could be anything you wanted, if you were still here
I remember the last day, when I kissed your face
I whispered in your ear

Come on baby with me we're going to fly away from here
Out of this curtain room and this hospital grey, we'll just disappear
Come on baby with me we're going to fly away from here
You were my best four years

What if I'm standing in your closet trying to talk to you?
What if I kept the hand-me-downs you won't grow into?
And what if I really thought some miracle would see us through?
What if the miracle was even getting one moment with you?

Come on baby with me we're going to fly away from here
Come on baby with me we're going to fly away from here
You were my best four years

I remember your bare feet, down the hallway
I love you to the moon and back

Critical reception

"Ronan" received acclaim from critics. Rolling Stone called the song "Heartbreaking". Bill Dukes of Taste of Country stated "It was clear [Swift] was just the voice for Maya Thompson..."[1]Ed Masley of The Republic said that, "'Ronan' may very well be [Swift's] finest hour as an artist."

Live performance

Swift first performed the song on the Stand Up to Cancer telethon on September 7, 2012.

On The 1989 World Tour, Taylor performed this song when Maya Thompson was in the audience, on the first night performing in Glendale.

Chart performance

"Ronan" received 220,000 downloads in its first week, debuting at #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (2012) Peak

position

US Billboard Hot 100 16

Track listing

Digital download
  1. "Ronan" – 4:25
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