The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon recently lost his mother Gloria, at the age of 68. It has been a hard time for him and his family and Monday night was the first night back at the show since her passing.
In the beginning of the show, Jimmy Fallon explained the emotional story of his mother in the hospital: 'last week, I was in the hospital and I grabbed her hand and squeezed "I love you." I just knew we were in trouble.'
The similarity between Fallons story and Swift's lyrics: 'You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi,” Swift sings in one verse. “I can tell that it’s gonna be a long road...' were almost too perfect and so touching during this tough time.
When Taylor Swift made a surprise visit and performance for Fallon, Mike DiCenzo the producer of the show explained the backstory behind her visit.
Taylor Swift performed her new song, New Year's Day and DiCenzo explained more in depth of the coincidence and why it touched Fallon even more.
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
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