Taylor Swift Plays 'New Year's Day' in Surprise Performance

Jimmy Fallon Returns to 'Tonight Show' With Tearful Tribute to Late Mother

Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to his mom on Monday's show and there couldn't have been a dry eye in the studio.

Taylor Swift gave fans a huge surprise this evening - she performed one of her brand new songs on The Tonight Show!

Gloria Fallon passed away on November 4, and last week's "Tonight Show" originals were canceled as a result.

"I feel so grateful to be able to do this every single night", he said of hosting the NBC late-night show, telling viewers "I'm very appreciative of all the support from all of you that my family received over the past week".

"When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, and we would hold hands".

Swift showed up to play her reflective new ballad, "New Year's Day", which includes the lyric, "squeeze my hand three times in the back of a taxi".

Swift will be taking her new album on a massive stadium tour next year, but for now, check out her stripped-down appearance on The Tonight Show below.

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Gloria Fallon died "peacefully" on 4 November in hospital in NY.

". and I would squeeze I love you too", he adds.

Gloria's advice? "Wash your hands after being near that Paris Hilton", she joked on the show. She said yes with zero hesitation.

It was so touching Fallon could be seen dabbing his tears while she sang.

Of the emotional performance, he said, "I almost gasped. We all lost it", DiCenzo tweeted.

"That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100 percent real emotion", he said. "Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something handsome for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful". He was clearly emotional when sharing the story and talking about what his mother meant to him.

"Last week I was in the hospital, by her side, and I grabbed her hand and I squeezed, "I love you".

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