Taylor Swift’s “Hey Stephen” Isn’t About Stephen Colbert, No Matter What His Scoreboard Says


Stephen Colbert, Taylor Swift

Stephen Colbert, Taylor Swift
Screenshot: The late show

The music world is throwing its collective fist in solidarity with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift over her recent emancipation movement from her back catalog. For those not adjacent to Squad, the musical rights to Swift’s first five albums were sold under her by her old label, seeing the singer decide it would be a good time to go back and re-record all those previous recordings in their entirety (with bonus tracks and the benefit of years to improve), reclaiming his songs from the corporate brawl. It’s an act guaranteed to thrill longtime fans – while also leaving the money men furious. This is what you call a two-iron.

Either way, the idea of ​​a mature and thoughtful Taylor Swift singing songs she wrote and performed as a teenager (albeit a really talented teenager) is pure happiness for Swift aficionados. As our own Saloni Gajjar noted in his review of Without fear (Taylor version)– the first of five Swift albums picked up – hearing Swift revisit his old material is an experience on many levels. (You know, in case anyone is thinking, “I love this Taylor Swift, but she should have more feelings.”) Dive into one of those diapers on Tuesday Last show, host and Taylor Swift fan Stephen Colbert was one of those who scanned the singer’s reinterpreted work, in his case for confirmation that he himself provided the inspiration for Forever’s melancholy hymn to unrequited love, “Hey Stephen.

Now before you laugh, Colbert showed a clip of The Colbert report where Swift had sent Colbert, then employed by Comedy Central, an original Always CD, inscribed: “Stephen, my family and I are huge fans. I love Taylor Swift. And, to another, the current Swift, appearing from a distance on Colbert’s new CBS field, seemed terribly knowledgeable about Colbert’s entire life and movements. “No, Stephen,” Swift chuckled at the very thought of the old one. Strangers with Candy Co-star could have sent teen Taylor Swift on a romantic writing frenzy, “I mean, I first recorded this song in 2008, I think it was like 18.” So that seals that. You know, even though, in Colbert’s discussion of how old he was then, Swift gave his exact age, up to the hour.

Well, that doesn’t prove anything. After all, as Swift hesitated, anyone who has even glanced at Stephen Colbert’s Wikipedia page is very familiar with the exact location of his work desk, which window to look with, perhaps with binoculars. (Maybe throw stones to get her attention.) Or that he once waited for tables in a Chicago pizzeria in 1989, or what his social security number is. It’s just out there in the ether, and if young Taylor’s vision board includes a picture of a delicious slice of pepperoni pizza (alongside, of course, multiple, carefully cropped photos of Stephen Colbert’s face), well, that’s just because she was really hungry for pizza when she wrote ” Salut Stephen. (There’s also a pint of ice cream on the set – is Colbert going to make a federal case about Swift’s penchant for American dream? It’s just sad.) “Don’t flatter yourself,” Swift said to Colbert, not without kindness.

Also, as the acclaimed songwriter continued, if you secretly run over a much older celebrity named Stephen (with a “ph”), you’re not going ahead and putting his name straight into the box. title. It’s amateur hour. Instead, you call it something innocent, and just pepper the lyrics with specific details about your subject, like he’s 5’11 “and his middle name is Tyrone. Still, this Colbert guy just didn’t want to give up, so Swift (debunking Colbert’s and the internet’s speculations on the real inspiration for “Hey Stephen”), finally revealed the (even older, and probably more famous) the object of her adolescent and current obsession with love. Seriously, Colbert, you are so conceited.

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