The English singer Billy Bragg has shared his charity cover of Taylor Swift‘s ‘Only The Young’ – Watch it below.
Bragg revealed that the Taylor Swift cover came about after hundreds of people paid £1 each to vote for which song they wanted me to cover live on the internet. It was a close run thing between Jackson Browne’s ‘Before the Deluge’ and ‘Only the Young‘, with the Swift song winning by just 26 votes.
He continued, “When I sat down to learn how to play the song, it came out as a mash-up between ‘Only the Young’ and ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’. The same day, Taylor posted a powerful statement on Twitter calling out the white supremacy and racism inherent in Donald Trump’s condemnation of rioters protesting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, so I tagged that onto the end of the song too.”
Thanks to everybody who took part in the voting. £1707 was raised for the RCN Foundation’s COVID-19 Support Fund which provides wellbeing support to healthcare workers
Check out the full video here.
Billy Bragg Massive Cover Of Taylor Swift’s ‘Only The Young’
Billy shared a YouTube link on his social media account and wrote the caption, “My cover of @taylorswift13 ‘Only the Young’ for @coversforothers ended up being a mash-up of her song + ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’ + her statement condemning Trump for stoking the fires of white supremacy. If you missed it live on Facebook last night here it is”