Taylor Swift wrote a song titled Ronan in 2012 and performed it only once at the 2012 Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Ronan was inspired by the story of a 4-year-old Ronan Thompson who was battling cancer and eventually departed for his heavenly abode at such a young age. The song is a mournful ballad that depicts the grief of Ronan’s mother Mary Thompson.
Taylor, who is working on her music by rerecording her earliest albums, has decided to record a studio version of Ronan and include it in her forthcoming album, Red (Taylor’s Version). Mary revealed the news in her blog post and shared that she was honored when Taylor asked for her permission to include the single — originally meant to benefit cancer organizations — on the album.
"[Taylor] is and will always be one of the things I hold dearest to my heart," Ronan's mother wrote.
Maya also revealed that the Grammy Award-winning singer’s email asking for permission moved her to no end. Maya recalled:
"Tears sprang to my eyes," Maya recalled. "It took me an hour to absorb the words in front of me. I cried while sharing the news."
Red (Taylor's version)will be released on Nov 19.