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Taylor Swift sneaks in Singlish for first night of Eras Tour concert in Singapore, recounts family ties to the country and driving past mum's old home

Her dancer Kameron Saunders said the Singlish line as part of the bridge of her song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Taylor Swift also spoke briefly of her connection to Singapore. (Photo: Ashok Kumar/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)
Taylor Swift also spoke briefly of her connection to Singapore. (Photo: Ashok Kumar/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

Ahh, Singlish. The unofficial national language of Singapore that we love to hate, but seeing it get international recognition drives us wild. Especially when the recognition comes from global megastar Taylor Swift.

The singer started her Eras Tour concert on Saturday (2 March) in Singapore - the only stop in Southeast Asia - and a spot of Singlish made its way into her concert.

To manage expectations, it’s not Swift herself who says it.

In the bridge of her song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, she sings “Like, we are never getting back together”, followed by her dancer Kameron Saunders adding “Like ever”.

For Singapore, though, an unexpected surprise came when Saunders said “No lah” causing the 60,000-strong crowd to erupt in screams and cheers.

Saunders’ line has been localised for the Tokyo and Australia leg of the tour as well. In the first night for Tokyo, he said arienai (impossible in Japanese). For one of the Australia concerts, he said “no” with an Aussie accent.

His line seems to change with different nights so we’ll have to see what surprises Mother has in store for the rest of the Singapore concerts.

Family ties to Singapore

During the Evermore era of her concert, Swift spoke briefly of her connection to Singapore before performing Champagne Problems. She talked about the song Marjorie, which she had just performed, and shared that it was about her grandmother - or her “mum’s mum” as she described it.

Swift was moved that the audience had turned on the flashlight on their phones and put it up while she was performing Marjorie.

Then, she said with a smile, “My mum actually spent a lot of her childhood with her mum, and dad, and sister growing up in Singapore.”

This was something she revealed back in 2016 during an interview with The Straits Times.

Swift confessed, during her sharing session, that whenever she came to Singapore on tour, her mum would “take me and drive me past her old house, where she used to go to school”.

She shared, “To get to come here and play a show this big with so many beautiful, generous people who are essentially honoring my family with what you just did with that song, it means the world."

“I already love you, we're gonna have a blast tonight,” added Swift.

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