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Animal cover 1
Ke$ha
Written by David Gamson
Kesha Sebert
Oliver Leiber
Pebe Sebert
Produced by David Gamson
Oliver Leiber
Length 3:32
Album
Animal logo

"Stephen" is a song performed by Ke$ha. It serves as the fifth track on Ke$ha's debut album Animal.

Background Edit

The song "Stephen" is one of my favorites on the record — it's this guy I've been stalking since I was 15. I wrote the song when I was 16 with my mom, and I was like, "This song's so dope, I know it is," so I found this guy named David Gamson who was in Scritti Politti. He does all the keyboard stuff, he's amazing, a crazy cynical genius guy, and he liked my voice and my thing, and I really liked his thing, so we decided to work together.
[1]

In February 2010, Ke$ha revealed that after not having seen Stephen for over 5 years he came to one of her shows where he got on stage, undressed and made out with a transvestite.

I was like, 'Wait a minute, have I been barking up the wrong genre of tree?'
[2]

Official versions Edit

  • 3:32 - Official version
  • 3:32 - Instrumental version
  • 3:32 - Acapella version

Cross-references Edit

  • The mention of Ke$ha waiting for a boy to call her is also present in "Boys Just Suck".
  • Guys waiting in line for her is directly referenced in "Get in Line".

Music video Edit

The video was released on the deluxe repacking of her debut album Animal, under its re-release entitled Animal + Cannibal. It was later uploaded to the singer's Vevo account on April 4, 2011. The video is composed of still shots that show the singer "going to some extreme lengths to show 'Stephen' how much she's feeling him." The video opens with the singer looking through a scrapbook; following this the video then proceeds into depicting the singer's interactions with the protagonist. The video's first setting is located at a bar where the singer gets into a verbal altercation with the man's girlfriend. Kesha, who later leaves with the then unconscious man, takes him back to her house to takes pictures of him and later cuts off some of his hair for her shrine. The singer then duct-tapes the man and locks him in her closet; which he later escapes from. Following this, the singer is distraught and then builds another man out of a dummy, and using the hair she had clipped earlier, proceeds to bring the dummy to a bar, getting into another altercation with it and later leaving it in the street – ending the video.



Ke$ha - Stephen

Ke$ha - Stephen

Premiere date April 4, 2011
Director(s) Skinny


Lyrics Edit

Stephen
Stephen why won't you call me
Stephen why won't you call me

I saw you in your tight-ass rocker pants
You saw me too I laughed
'Cause I was completely trashed
And I watched your ugly girlfriend sneer across the room
As if I really care that she's here with you

All I know is you're my object of affection
My drug of choice my sick obsession oh

Stephen why won't you call me
I'm sitting here waiting
Why won't you call me
Stephen I'm feeling pathetic
I can't take rejection
Why won't you call me?

I've got guys waiting in the line
For me to play my evil girl games on their minds
Just watch me I've got it down to a simple art
Just bat my eyes like this and there's a broken heart
But somehow you've turned the tables what the hell
I can charm the pants off anyone else but you

Stephen why won't you call me
I'm sitting here waiting
Why won't you call me
Stephen I'm feeling pathetic
I can't take rejection
Why won't you call me

Stephen I'm thinkin' that maybe
You might think I'm crazy
Is that why you won't call me
Steve, don't you think I'm pretty
Do you not love me
Is that why you won't call me

'Cause you're my object of affection
My drug of choice my sick obsession
I want to keep you as my pet to play with
And hide under my bed forever

Stephen why won't you call me
I'm sitting here waiting
Why won't you call me
Stephen I'm feeling pathetic
I can't take rejection
Why won't you call me

Stephen I'll knit you a sweater
I wanna wrap you up in my love forever
I'll never let you go Stephen
I'll never let go

Stephen why won't you call me
I'm sitting here waiting
Why won't you call me
Stephen I'm feeling pathetic
I can't take rejection
Why won't you call me

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