Song of the Day #4,263: ‘Hey Stephen’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#6 – Fearless – 2008

Taylor Swift’s sophomore effort, 2008’s Fearless, turned her into a major star and remains her best-selling album to date, reaching Diamond status and selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. It was the best-selling album by anybody that year, making Swift the youngest artist in history to achieve that feat.

This album starts off like gangbusters but begins to falter after its midpoint. Five of the first six tracks made the cut for me, but only one of the last seven.

The first four tracks belong on any Taylor Swift mixtape: ‘Fearless,’ ‘Fifteen,’ ‘Love Story’ and ‘Hey Stephen.’ Add in the smash ‘You Belong With Me’ and the beautiful, touching ‘The Best Day’ and you have ample evidence that Swift had brought even more nuance and depth to her already impressive repertoire.

I might have her first two albums in the bottom positions of this list, but that shouldn’t diminish her achievement, especially at such a young age. It just speaks to how much she stepped up her game over time.

[Verse 1]
Hey Stephen, I know looks can be deceiving
But I know I saw a light in you
And as we walked we were talking
I didn’t say half the things I wanted to
Of all the girls tossing rocks at your window
I’ll be the one waiting there even when it’s cold
Hey Stephen, boy, you might have me believing
I don’t always have to be alone

[Chorus]
‘Cause I can’t help it if you look like an angel
Can’t help it if I wanna kiss you in the rain so
Come feel this magic I’ve been feeling since I met you
Can’t help it if there’s no one else
Mmm, I can’t help myself

[Verse 2]
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
The way you walk, way you talk, way you say my name
It’s beautiful, wonderful, don’t you ever change
Hey Stephen, why are people always leaving?
I think you and I should stay the same

[Chorus]
‘Cause I can’t help it if you look like an angel
Can’t help it if I wanna kiss you in the rain so
Come feel this magic I’ve been feeling since I met you
Can’t help it if there’s no one else
Mmm, I can’t help myself

[Bridge]
They’re dimming the street lights, you’re perfect for me
Why aren’t you here tonight?
I’m waiting alone now, so come on and come out
And pull me near and shine, shine, shine
Hey Stephen, I could give you fifty reasons
Why I should be the one you choose
All those other girls, well, they’re beautiful
But would they write a song for you?

[Chorus]
I can’t help it if you look like an angel
Can’t help it if I wanna kiss you in the rain so
Come feel this magic I’ve been feeling since I met you
Can’t help it if there’s no one else
Mmm, I can’t help myself
If you look like an angel
Can’t help it if I wanna kiss you in the rain so
Come feel this magic I’ve been feeling since I met you
Can’t help it if there’s no one else
Mmm, I can’t help myself

[Outro]
Myself
Can’t help myself
I can’t help myself

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,263: ‘Hey Stephen’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I would probably rank this album higher as I really like her balance between country and pop here more than her full tilt toward pop in later albums. Admittedly though, I’m probably not as familiar with the tracks you cite as weaker on this album.

  2. Amy says:

    I just looked up the track list, and I can’t recall off the top of my head the songs that go with the titles of the latter tracks. That said, as soon as I played one of them – “You’re Not Sorry” – it immediately came back to me. They just haven’t become the “greatest hits” of Taylor’s career, as the songs on the first half of the album have. For me, this album might be in a similar place on my list because I prefer the deeper, more poignant cuts Swift would come to write in later years. The two standouts for me on this album are “Fifteen” and “The Best Day,” both of which so effectively capture the challenges of being a young woman who doesn’t always fit in with the popular kids. What Taylor provided for her legions of young fans can’t be overstated… she gave voice to a generation of young people figuring out their way in the world.

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