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About (Late) Last Night: Taylor Swift smells like 'expensive wood' on Letterman

"Please don't take this the wrong way," David Letterman told Taylor Swift Tuesday night on the "Late Show." Considering whom he was talking to -- not just a 20-year-old woman, but America's latest, most unassailable sweetheart -- Letterman was skating on thin ice. Thankfully, the potentially offending remark erred on the right side of ridiculous and resulted only in Swift's signature "So shocked!" face and big laughs. "You smell like expensive wood," he told her.

"That is the most unique compliment I've ever gotten," Swift said after collecting herself. It's sure to be a week of many compliments for the singer, whose spirited third album, "Speak Now," was released Monday. On with Letterman, she looked luminous in a yellow dress and red lipstick. Apparently, she smelled of forest.

Letterman's remarks about her wood scent segued perfectly into a nugget about Swift's not-so-distant childhood. "You grew up on a Christmas tree farm, is that right?" he asked. Swift spoke of wintry Pennsylvania and the person it might have made her.

"You end up being the person that rolls their eyes at Christmas," she explained. "Or you can be like really obnoxious, Christmas sweater, gingerbread cookie girl. Raise your hand if you're her." Swift raised her right hand. Letterman applauded, as if to say, this girl right here, she is a performer. Her charm levels never dip -- they just climb steadily.

But the host went back to her smell. "This is going to sound awful," he warned again, "but it's almost like a Christmas tree lot."

"I smell like a tree, is what you're saying," Swift said. "There's something going on here and I'm right about it, right?" Letterman insisted. Swift, who had been sitting with her hands clasped tightly around her knee, stuttered, nodded and then consented to a fist-bump with the rambling host. Whatever you say, old man. She smiled and kept shining.

-- Joe Coscarelli

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It was kind of funny because it was absurd. If someone else had said, like Craig Ferguson, it might have even been cute. But coming from Dave, who gets a little creepier everyday he gets older, it was... well... it creepy.

she picks a weird fragrance or a weird soap/shampoo, not a big deal but i'm glad he mentioned that, it was funny :) She is so overplayed and so boring now hopefully her new album sounds different and all the songs aren't the same melody again :(

he should be glad she doesn't drown herself in perfume like a lot of girls/guys do .. they stink and cause other people headaches! (take a hint people, just have a shower and smell clean, not like you are trying to cover up stink)


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