10:02 PM PDT 04/13/2021
The singer appeared on ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday, where she surprised the late-night host with her fandom.
Taylor Swift made an appearance on The late show Tuesday evening to set the record straight on the identity of Stephen in his song “Hey Stephen” from him Intrepid album, which is part of the songbook that is re-recorded by the singer.
Colbert expressed the opinion that the song was about him and pressed Swift for confirmation. “I recorded this song in 2008, I think I was about eighteen,” she says, dismissing the suggestion. “Okay, and I was a younger age too,” said the late night host. Swift then proceeded to tell him the exact age he was that year: 44 years old, 179 days old, around several hours.
“Like I said, I’m a huge fan,” the singer told Colbert. He then thanked her for sending a signed CD. “Oh, yeah, you know I signed you, Stephen with a PH, I sent it to Colbert Report, 513 West 54th St, New York, 10019, second floor office facing the street.”
Colbert again insisted on the singer: “Are you sure that ‘Hey Stephen’ is not about me?” Swift replied, “It’s just the power of music Stephen, good songs make you feel like it’s about you.” Speaking of going back to the “right headspace” to authentically re-record the song, Swift pulled out her old mood board, which consisted of pictures of Colbert.
Still, she went on to explain how the song wasn’t written about him. “Hey Stephen, it’s no more for you that my 1989 album is about that year you spent waiting at tables over lunch at [an Italian restaurant] in the North River area of Chicago, which by the way serves a truly amazing slice of pizza. She pointed to a picture of pizza on her mood board.
At this point Stephen asked who the song was talking about. “If you really want to know who it is, and it seems to be. I’ve never revealed this to anyone before, but ‘Hey Stephen’ is about Stephen King,” Swift said.
The singer went on to say, “He’s amazing. The dark tower the series changed my life, more The brilliant, The stall, and don’t even get me started on his news. Absolutely luminescent. “
As the two continued to come and go, Swift explained what a real song about Stephen Colbert would look like. “It’s too obvious to call him Hey Stephen … Songwriting is all about the details so you go, ‘Hey Stephen, I love you on TV, and everything you’ve done in it. ‘daily show and at this time Law and order, you have 5’11, your middle name is Tyrone, the social security number is 3 … “After interrupting her as she called numbers, Colbert exclaimed,” It doesn’t matter how much you say that ‘Hey Stephen’ is not about me, I still have a strong feeling it is. “
“It seems like something about you that you sort of need to deal with. But the thing about that feeling that maybe you should tackle within yourself; I think it’s something you should deal with and then take the feeling you feel and just shake It’s off, isn’t it? this song, is about you. “
As Swift’s cell phone begins to ring, she answers the call. “Oh, it’s Stephen King. I have to go.”
Watch the entire song, below.