Carly Simon reveals mystery behind her 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’

Track has long been rumoured to be about Mick Jagger and actor Warren Beatty

Carly Simon has revealed her classic 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’ is about Hollywood actor Warren Beatty.

Mystery has surrounded who the track was dedicated to for many years, with Beatty, Mick Jagger and her ex-husband James Taylor thought to be among the contenders. You can watch the video for the track below.

She told People magazine: “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren. Warren thinks the whole thing is about him.”

The second verse includes the lyrics: 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.

Simon also said the remaining verses are about two other men but she refused to give any further details.

“Probably, if we were sitting over at dinner and I said ‘Remember that time you walked into the party and…’. I don’t know if I’ll do it. I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person,” she added.

The 70-year-old singer, who once dated Beatty, is due to release her forthcoming memoirs Boys In The Trees.

The Big Pink teamed up with Lily Allen to perform the track at the 2010 NME Awards.

Ex-band member Milo Cordell said at the time: “I wrote Carly Simon an email going… well, I was just really fucking honest. I guess she must have listened to the song. One of the two – the email was good and the song was good.”

The duo also revealed that they practised the song with Allen, for just “ten minutes” ahead of the performance.
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