A song about a little boy named Ronan is making waves on Taylor Swift’s new album. It’s a song she wrote based on a blog that a Scottsdale mom writes about her son’s battle with cancer.
It’s a sad story that will make you cry, but it’s also one that’s filled with hope and love. It’s the story of Ronan Thompson, a four-year-old boy who died in 2011 from neuroblastoma. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and his mom, Maya Thompson, started a blog titled “Rockstar Ronan,” where she writes about her son’s illness and how to cope with grief.
Swift originally released the single in September 2012 for Stand Up to Cancer, a semi-annual telethon that benefits American Association for Cancer Research. She co-wrote the track with Maya Thompson, the mother of the boy who inspired it.
In 2021, Swift re-released Red on Republic Records, and included one of her 2012 songs as a bonus track called "Ronan." It's not a song from the original album, but it’s a song she wrote about Ronan Thompson and that's just as important to her as it was to her back in 2012. The re-recording was aptly titled 'Ronan' because of the story behind it.
taylor swift’s re-release of red is getting lots of attention on social media. The album features all of the songs from her 2012 album as well as a handful of songs that didn’t appear on it.