Watch James Taylor & Stephen Colbert Sing 'You Can Close Your Eyes' on 'The Late Show'

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James Taylor

Stephen Colbert has been known to show off his musical chops occasionally during his late night career -- but it's usually with a wink. Last night, though, he joined James Taylor for a completely serious duet on Taylor's classic song "You Can Close Your Eyes."

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"Something that I never anticipated when I started doing this kind of thing, is that I might be able to do the thing I'm about to do -- sing a song with James Taylor," Colbert said before singing. Clearly thrilled, he took the lead on the song (an audience request) as Taylor added harmonies and accompanied on guitar.

Watch the full performance below: