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Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” was released 44 years ago, and has been an anthem for the scorned, broken-hearted, and for all of us who have ever dealt with that person with the ego the size of a small country. But throughout all the years, and covers by Janet Jackson and even Kate Hudson (for all you How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days fans) we’ve yet to hear about exactly who Carly’s ode was about. Till Now.
In an interview with People promoting her new memoir Boys in the Trees, Simon spilled the beans, stating at least some of the song (the second verse) was written about film legend Warren Beatty. She divulges,
I have confirmed that the second is Warren.
She later poked fun at exactly how vain he still may be with “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!” To refresh your memory, what we’d like to now call the “Warren Verse” or the “Beatty Beat” goes as follows:
You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
The song’s subject has been in question ever since it’s original release in 1972. This mystery was only amplified knowing Carly Simon’s past beau’s. With famous ex’s such as Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, and Cat Stevens, one can’t help but wonder who made her so mad as to write such a glorious break-up song. In fact, “You’re So Vain” was a trailblazer for the breakup song genre, paving the way for modern scorned artists like Adele and Taylor Swift to share their experiences.
Enjoy the song in question, as well as the deliciously green-screened video:
Adele would hardly have been able to release tear-jerkers like “Hello” or “Turning Tables”. Plus there is the British Queen’s last record 21, which took the genre to another level with a full on 11 song breakup ALBUM. 2011 made us feel all the feels, mostly thanks to Adele and Taylor Swift’s respective breakup tunes.
T. Swift herself is a huge Carly Simon fan- the two did a duet version of “You’re so Vain” at Taylor’s 2013 Red Tour, with Simon apparently spilling the tea to T about the subject of the hit. There is a video of this on Taylor’s youtube channel where Taylor asks her the question of the song’s subject and Simon responds with, “Well
I’ve already told you and I told you never to tell, so you know!”
So who are the rest of the verses about? Simon refuses to divulge… yet. Wanting to first have the conversation with the party in question, and possibly warn them of the incoming media frenzy. Carly Simon you are one classy lady. Perhaps we can remember this behavior before our next twitter rant or facebook relationship change update.