Carly Simon is a popular singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded “You’re So Vain,” according to ABC News on Tuesday. The song captured the attention of many people as no one was sure who she wrote the insulting lyric about. Simon refused to comment on who it was while suggesting that the song was about a real person and not fictional. For many years, it was assumed that rock and roller Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was the subject of the song. Many strongly believed that the number one hit song wasn’t about Jagger and insisted it must have been about James Taylor who is also a famed singer and songwriter and now Simon’s ex-husband. Still others thought the songs was about actor Warren Beatty.
Carly Simon says “You’re So Vain” actually is about Warren Beatty, according to a People Magazine report. However, there is more to the story which very few people – if anyone – had thought about. The truth is, Simon says, that only part of the song is about Warren Beatty. She asserts that Beatty thinks the whole song is about him but it isn’t. She said that only the second verse of the song is about the actor. As far as who the other verses in the song are about, she’s not saying – yet. It’s taken Simon 44 years – that’s how long ago it was when she wrote the song – to admit that the song is about more than one person and that one of those people is Beatty. The now 70-year-old songstress gave no indication as to when she will talk about who else the other verses are about. Therefore, the rock and roll mystery is not totally solved – or revealed.
Simon says in a People interview focused on her memoir titled “Boys in the Trees” which will be released later this month:
I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren.
She also said:
I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person. Why do <people> want to know? It’s so crazy!
For those who may have forgotten, here are the lyric to the second verse of “You’re So Vain” which we now know really was written about Warren Beatty.
You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve/ Well you said that we made such a pretty pair, and that you would never leave/ But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me/ I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee…
Then the chorus:
You’re so vain/ You probably think this song is about you… don’t you…
So now we know Simon burned Beatty with her popular song. For those who think they may have guessed wrong, don’t be discouraged, Jagger and Taylor still might be in there somewhere. Time – and Carly – may tell eventually.