Carly Simon's hit You're So Vain is said to have been written about a famous man with whom she had a very bad relationship (link goes to The Other Wiki). Carly refuses to admit who this man is; only one other person knows and he is sworn to secrecy (see below). The person addressed in the song remains a mystery, but we have our theories... It's David Geffen.
"You're So Vain" is about none other than Odin, ruler of the Norse pantheon.Let's recap:
"You're So Vain" is about Roger Daltrey.And concurrently, the same person referred to in "Who Are You?" is Carly Simon. The two had a tryst in the early 1970s that ended badly. Carly wrote "You're So Vain" to get back at him. When he finally realized what was going on, Roger came up with "Who Are You?" to express his feelings about the whole thing — lamenting that nobody can measure up to her but recognizing that she was a duplicitous, evil woman who he never truly knew.
The person in "You're So Vain" is the real Deep Throat, Bob Woodward's secret informant during his investigation into the Watergate scandal.In the early aught's (2005), Deep Throat's identity was revealed to be FBI Associate Director William Mark Felt. Just a few years earlier (2003), Dick Ebersol made a winning bid of bid $50,000; he won the opportunity to be told, by Carly Simon herself, who the song is about. So the identity of the "You're So Vain" guy is revealed two years before "Deep Throat" identifies himself. Coincidence? Oh, we don't think so.
The person referred to in Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is the same person in Billy Joel's "Big Shot". And the same person from Sheryl Crow's "My Favorite Mistake". And it is also whomever Alanis Morissette is angry at in "You Oughta Know" and whomever Roger Daltrey is angry at in "Who Are You."
"You're So Vain" is always about the listener.Well, it is written using second person pronouns...
"You're So Vain" is about Fred Jones from Scooby-DooAll the girls want to be his partner and he wears an apricot scarf. Who else could it be, really?
"You're So Vain" is about one of Carly's loversThe top guess is that it's Warren Beatty
"You're So Vain" isn't about anyone; Carly Simon just wanted to screw with peopleEver since the song came out, she and her staff and friends have been sitting back Passing the Popcorn and laughing at the various theories everyone comes up with.
"You're So Vain" is about Carly SimonThe song specifically states "you're so vain, I bet you think this song is about you." The person who she is singing this song to isn't important; what's important is the way he made her feel. This song is about her and her experiences and feelings and that the man she's singing to will never be able to understand that because he thinks just because he plays a role in the song he automatically thinks it's all about him. The fact that people are still asking who the song is *about* after all these years highlights this sort of self-centered thinking.
The person in "You're So Vain" became Dick Ebersol.. A mixture between two of them. when the song was written, Simon didn't have anyone in mind, she just wanted to screw with people. Cut to 2003, when Dick Ebersol had paid $50,000 for Simon to tell him exactly who he wrote the song about. Ebersol was then sworn to secrecy about the identity of the person the song was about after she told him, but Ebersol was allowed to say one clue: The person who the song was about had a letter 'E' in his name...
"You're So Vain" is about Jimmy DuranteIs there a reason for this other than Rule of Funny?