Taylor Swift’s Emotional Performance On Jimmy Fallon Will Leave You Sobbing

Last night was Jimmy Fallon’s return to his show The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon since his mother Gloria passed away. The musical guest was Taylor Swift, who was asked to perform last minute by Fallon’s staff.

Fallon had an emotional tribute to his late mother and he shared a story about how his mom would squeeze his hand three times and say ‘I love you.’


The show was set up a little different than usual. After Jimmy’s monologue and tribute Taylor performed. Typically the musical performance is at the end of the show.

Swift performed “New Year’s Day” from her new album Reputation for the first time for Jimmy. If you are a die-hard Swiftie you already know that one of the lyrics in “New Year’s Day” is, “You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi. I can tell that it’s gonna be a long road.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when she performed. After the show, Mike DiCenzo, a writer and producer for the show, shared how that magical moment came together.

A few words (i.e. a thread) about tonight's show. It was our first show back after Jimmy's mom passed away…

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

It was a really tough day for our whole staff. A lot of us knew his mom Gloria, and she was the best. The best. She loved the show, she loved all of us, and most of all, she loved Jimmy.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

After a week of being gone from the show Jimmy returned and jumped right into a hilarious monologue.

I'm sure today was especially tough for Jimmy. The fact that he came out, stood there, and did a normal monologue for the crowd is a testament to how strong he is.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

But at the desk, you could hear his voice break when talking about our musical guest Taylor Swift, and that's because he knew what he was about to say…

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

This is when Jimmy shared the story about his mom squeezing his hand. It’s a story that he hasn’t told his staff.

First, a quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

She sang "New Year's Day." No one had heard it. Suddenly she sings the line, "Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi." I nearly gasped. Tears. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance. "Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you," Taylor sang.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion. Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful.

— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) November 14, 2017

“Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we’re forever grateful.” Dicenzo tweeted. The performance was so emotional. If you don’t want to sob uncontrollably then don’t watch the clip.

This is the first time Taylor performed “New Year’s Day” and she sounds amazing.

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