OFFSTAGE: A Taylor Swift Song From “Hey Stephen”

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“Hey Stephen, I’ve been holding back this feeling/So I got some things to say to you/I’ve seen it all, so I thought/But I never seen nobody shine the way you do.” Remember that Taylor Swift song from her Fearless album about Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles? Well, I hate to play matchmaker, but since Swift was pretty obvious about crushing on the singer-songwriter, it’s probably safe to point out to the world that Liles finally has written a song back to her. It starts and ends with “Curly hair and cowboy boots/How could anyone get over you,” so I think we all know who he’s talking about even without him trying to rhyme something with “Taylor.” It’s cute. And you’ve got to give Liles credit for coming back at Swift in song. I don’t recall any of her other crushes doing that.