Carly Simon Finally Reveals Who “You’re So Vain” is About

By November 18, 2015
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In any kind of industry, there are always these urban myths and mysteries that are usually never answered. When it comes to music, one of the biggest questions in the art’s history has always related to one song by legend Carly Simon called “You’re So Vain”, in which the singer-songwriter mocks one of her ex boyfriends for their vanity, singing, “you’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.” The question of who that specific song is about has plagued many listeners and music fans for over fourty years since its original release.

Simon has remained fairly tight-lipped about the whole thing too, only ever revealing that the person’s name contains the letters A, E, and R, with potential names like Mick Jagger being one of the most popular theories to arise over the years.

However, it looks like after decades and decades of wondering who Carly Simon’s classic song, “You’re So Vain” is about, the singer-songwriter has officially confirmed the mystery man’s identity…

In an interview with People Magazine recently to promote her upcoming autobiography, “Boys in the Trees” Simon has revealed that the song is about none other than the critically-acclaimed and legendary actor Warren Beatty…

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… Or at least the second verse of the song is according to Simon, “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren.” For those of you who might need a refresher too, the song’s second verse is perhaps its saddest, as the singer-songwriter talks about how Beatty tossed her and their relationship aside:

“You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive / 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 / Clouds in my coffee, and…”

Simon still maintains that the first and third verses of the song are still about two separate people, while Beatty still remains convinced that the entire song is about him. As for the apparently other two mysterious individuals though? Apparently Simon is planning on keeping those a secret still, “at least until they know it’s about them.” This also comes about twelve years after Dick Ebersol, the President of NBC Sports, paid $50,000 to win an auction and have Simon whisper the name of the person’s identity in his ear, something that the legendary musician has done more than a few times over the years as well for people like Taylor Swift, Howard Stern, and others.

For now though, I guess we can finally cross this one off the list of world mysteries, or at least, half cross it off.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • chisao101

    Not news. My mom told me this way back when I was a kid.

    • Mark Reilly

      Speculation is not the same as confirmation.

  • ZombieCatBacon

    Reeaalllyyy old news

    • GeekNation

      Kind of impossible considering she just now confirmed it.

      • ZombieCatBacon

        Oh yeah, well, Cindy Kerr told me it was true in 1975, during recess right before Social Studies.

        • GeekNation

          Oh yeah, well Cindy was a LIAR!!! Hahaha

  • Eyehavenofilter

    At this point….does anyone really care….really?

    • GeekNation

      What are you hear for? Looking for ads (we have none)? Doing a site survey?

      Are you trying to tell me that you clicked and came hear because you cared more about writing a “who cares” post, more than finding out the answer?

      To answer your question: Yes, the traffic shows that there were a LOT of people interested in finding out.

      • Bill Agans


  • Callie Doggett

    Who the heck cares? Carly Simon rose to fame 45 years ago and had a prolific career during the 1970s. That was a long time ago. There are now at least 2 generations of music lovers who aren’t familiar with Simon or her recordings. The over-age-60 crowd may have once been intrigued by “You’re So Vain,” but it’s no longer interested.

    • GeekNation

      Yet you still read the article and commented.