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With the discharge of Taylor Swift’s rerecorded Fearless, Swifties are attending to relive the enjoyment of Swift’s earlier bops, together with the crush-worthy “Hey Stephen.” Though a few of us have recognized for years who the eponymous Stephen is, it hasn’t stopped newer followers from questioning what sort of man may get Swift to put in writing the lyrics, “Trigger I am unable to assist it when you seem like an angel / Can not help it if I wanna kiss you within the rain.” Properly, surprise not as “Hey Stephen” is about none aside from Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles.
In contrast to a few of her different songs, that are about full-blown relationships, “Hey Stephen” particulars a crush Swift had on Liles again when Love and Theft toured together with her in 2008. Liles hadn’t really heard the track earlier than Swift launched it, though she did inform him she’d written one thing about him. “She did not say like, ‘I wrote a nice song about you,’ so I am simply considering, ‘What did I do?’ As a result of she does not actually write very many good songs about guys,” Liles informed The Boot in 2009. “So I used to be very relieved when it turned out to be a pleasant track, and it is really one of many nicest issues anyone’s ever executed for me.”
On the time, Liles had been writing a track known as “Attempt to Make It Anyway,” which he later revealed was about Swift. “Me and Taylor really hit it off and have become actually shut once we had been on tour collectively,” Liles beforehand informed Style of Nation. “We had an actual emotional relationship. We talked on the cellphone rather a lot. She was actually cool. Sooner or later she known as me up and was like, ‘Hey, I wrote a track about you.’ I used to be like, ‘Dude, that is actually humorous as a result of I simply wrote a track about you final week!'”