You’re So Vain Lyrics

You’re So Vain Lyrics Sung by Carly Simon

You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner
They’d be your partner, and…


You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, Ill bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? don’t you?

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…


I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and…


Well I hear you went up to saratoga and your horse naturally won
Then you flew your lear jet up to nova scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you’re where you should be all the time
And when youre not you’re with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and…

You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, Ill bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? don’t you?

Enjoy This Video of You’re So Vain Lyrics Sung by Carly Simon Live on Stage


This famous song of the 70’s has been the subject of widespread and prolonged speculation. Who is this song really¬† about? Some have claimed the honour but has the answer ever been revealed?

In December 1972 the popular song “You’re So Vain” lyrics written and performed by Carly Simon, was released by the music world. It quickly became a number one hit early in 1973 and soon generated one of the biggest musical mysteries of that era. The number one question was “who is the song about”? There was even a contest run in Los Angeles, where radio listeners called in to offer their vote.

The lyrics castigate a self-absorbed former lover, so naturally, eyes turned toward men with whom Carly had previous liasons.

Popular guesses as to the subject of the song included Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, her unfaithful fiance William Donaldson and ex-husband James Taylor. Even thirty years later, interviewers were still asking her the same question.

Carly herself never publicly acknowledged who the song is about, but is believed to have made the general comment in an interview that it was about “many vain men I have known in my life”. In a 1973 interview, when asked if the song was about James Taylor, she replied “No, it’s definitely not about James, although James suspected that it might be about him because he’s very vain”.

Warren Beatty on the other hand, thought the song was about him and even called Carly to thank her.For the record, Carly acknowledges the song contains elements about Warren Beatty, but more specifically, describes “a composite of three men in my L.A. days”.

There was even a charity auction in which the prize would be the revelation of who the song was really about. The winner, also a personal friend of Carly’s, who paid $50,000 was given a private performance of the song at Carly Simon’s home, after which is it reported that she whispered the answer into his ear. The condition was however, that he shared it with no one. However, later, the winner was allowed to reveal that “the letter ‘E’ is in the person’s name”.

Quite obviously, Carly was enjoying the game of fascination as much as the rest of the world.

By 2004, Carly, who had already given out two letters – an “A” and and “E” told American TV personality, Regis Philbin, that “I’m going to add an ‘R’ in honour of you”. Speculators went to work and so Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty and James Taylor were narrowed to prime suspects. Shortly before the writing of the song, Carly had been married to James Taylor, but she had admitted that he was not the subject of the song.

There is a reference in the song to the subject flying his learjet to Novia Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. Two solar eclipses were visible from Novia Scotia in the early 1970’s. Another reference to the Saratoga Race Course meeting in New York, describes an event known to be frequented by the rich and famous. These appear to be indications of an real subject behind the song.

The speculation continues, but the song itself will be remembered as one of the best known songs of the century.



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