"You're So Vain" is a song written in 1971 by Carly Simon and released in November 1972. But I'm going to add one to it. The next day, the program's crew detected the name "David" concealed in a back-played whisper. [29], After her live performance of the song with Simon in July 2013, Taylor Swift stated that Simon had revealed the identity of the song's subject to her in confidence. Accessibility Help. Before the song became a hit single in 1972, Simon told an interviewer that the song was actually about "men," not a specific "man" 'You're So Vain' subject: Who is the song about? Complete your Carly Simon collection. Title You're So Vain. “I … Simon said about the song, "The apricot scarf was worn by Nick [Delbanco]. And the clue is: The letter 'E' is in the person's name. Simon scored the biggest success of her career in 1972–73, with "You're So Vain".It hit No. Over 40 years after the song was released, Simon … Your scarf it was apricot. In fact when Carly starts off by saying “son of a gun”, it is actually in reference to him. [7] Vanity Fair noted that in addition to "David", "Warren" and an unintelligible name are whispered during the recording. On top of this, in the 8th bar he tabs a note incorrectly as an F when the note played is an E. It also fails twice to show that the blue note of the scale, Eb, is used, whereas this tab shows every note played clearly. It also spent two weeks at the top of the Easy Listening chart in early 1973, her first No. 1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 1 on either chart. You're So Vain. Facebook. [9] In a 1993 book, Angie Bowie claimed to be the "wife of a close friend" mentioned in "You're So Vain", and that Jagger, for a time, had been "obsessed" with her. Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon. It was replaced by Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and spent the next month in the runner-up spot. He also stated that she had said it was a "composite of three people. Press alt + / to open this menu. The distinctive bass guitar intro is played by Klaus Voormann. "[26] A representative for Simon stated that the name whispered during the song is "David". Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. For years there has been debate about which of Carly Simon's ex-boyfriends could have inspired the hit song You're So Vain. A friend told Simon the male guest entered as if he was "walking onto a yacht". A You're So Vain 4:17. In her 2008 book Girls Like Us, author Sheila Weller includes a detailed account of Simon's love affair with musician Dan Armstrong, and suggests that he was the inspiration for "You're So Vain". Everyone speculated, but that’s all it was… speculation. With the top bid of $50,000, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports and a friend of Simon, won the right to know the name of the subject of "You're So Vain". 1 on the U.S. 92 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time. "Not just a great voice, but also the power behind the song — … The first words were: "Bless you, Ben. When asked how this collaboration occurred, Simon said: He happened to call at the studio. 216 in RIAA's Songs of the Century, and in August 2014, the UK's Official Charts Company crowned it the ultimate song of the 1970s. Warren Beatty. Youre So Vain chords by Carly Simon. As I got my coffee, there were clouds outside the window of the airplane and you could see the reflection in the cup of coffee. [13] David Bowie, David Cassidy and Cat Stevens have all been cited by the press as speculative candidates. [4], The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover about whom Simon asserts "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." Nothing in the words referred to Mick [Jagger]. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Gold, as did its lead single, "You're So Vain", which remained at No. "You're So Vain" was Simon's breakthrough hit in the United Kingdom, reaching No. Pop and Adult Contemporary charts, and sold over a million copies in the United States alone. But while former lovers Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, Cat … Log In. The song was a No. See more of Old School Music on Facebook. In a November 4, 2009, interview on WNYC, Simon said she had hidden the name of the subject in a then-new recording of the song. 1 hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and reached No. 437,413 views, added to favorites 19,046 times. "[18], In 2004 Simon told Regis Philbin, "If I tell it, it's going to come out in dribs and drabs. 41. Sections of this page. The 70’s were a period when most of the musicians that marked the rock and roll history emerged on the music scene. A condition of the prize was that Ebersol not reveal the name. [24] However, Simon contradicted this, saying she had spoken "Ovid" both forwards and backwards, and that sounded like David. [citation needed], Howard Stern stated that Simon had privately revealed to him about whom the song was written after her interview on his popular radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Don't you?Piano: Carly SimonBass: Klaus VoormannDrums: Jim GordonGuitar: Jimmy RyanPercussion: Richard PerryStrings arr. The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Carly Simon famously collaborated when he provided backing vocals on her mysterious masterclass, ‘You’re So Vain’. ", The line "I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won" refers to the, This page was last edited on 21 January 2021, at 17:41. [10] Simon made another comment about the subject's identity as a guest artist on Janet Jackson's 2001 single, "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)", which sampled "You're So Vain". "[21] Simon confirmed that she has given the names to a few people, including Stern.[22]. However, Simon asserted that he was not. The song is ranked at No. or. [3] "You're So Vain" was voted No. And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner. [28] Simon's publicist also confirmed the song was not about Geffen, but that there was indeed "a David who is connected to the song in some way, shape, or form". Among them was Carly Simon, who wrote the everlasting hit You’re So Vain. Simon felt dissatisfied with the lyrics and put the song away until she attended a party one night where a famous guest appeared. Carly Simon has confirmed the answer — at least in part — to one of the most puzzling questions in recent history: Who is the song “You’re So Vain” really about? [38] Entering at No. Music video by Carly Simon performing You're So Vain. [17] Ebersol said Simon allowed him to divulge a clue about the person's name: "Carly told me that I could offer up to the entire world a clue as to what she'll tell me when we have this night in about two weeks. Simon incorporated the words into the melody of "Bless You, Ben" as she was composing on her piano, and the song took on a whole new meaning. [7], In 1983, she said the song was not about Mick Jagger,[8] who contributed uncredited backing vocals to it. I'm going to add an 'R' in honor of you. "[20] Simon had said in 1983 that Beatty "certainly thought it was about him—he called me and said thanks for the song..."[8] In an interview for the 1978/1982 version of The History of Rock and Roll radio series, producer Richard Perry said that Simon was essentially referring to Beatty while also evoking other previous relationships in her life. or. The buzz though, was which one the song, “You’re So Vain,” was referring to with the lyrics, “I bet you think this song is about you.” It was a mystery for years. Don't you?Well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally wonThen you flew your Learjet up to Nova ScotiaTo see the total eclipse of the sunWell, you're where you should be all of the timeAnd when you're not you're withSome underworld spy or the wife of a close friendWife of a close friend, and....You're so vain, you probably think this song is about youYou're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about youDon't you? And I've given out two letters already, an 'A' and an 'E'. Spindle marks may be present. [23] Armstrong's full name, Daniel Kent Armstrong, contains all three letters of Simon's clue. The song is a critical look back at a self-absorbed lover, about whom Carly Simon says: "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Carly Simon - You're So Vain at Discogs. ^shipments figures based on certification alonesales+streaming figures based on certification alone, Grammy Awards[56] Don't you?You had me several years ago when I was still quite naiveWell you said that we made such a pretty pairAnd that you would never leaveBut you gave away the things you loved and one of them was meI had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffeeClouds in my coffee and....You're so vain, you probably think this song is about youYou're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about youDon't you? Your hat strategically dipped below one eye. You're So VainLyrics & Music by Carly SimonYou walked into the party like you were walking onto a yachtYour hat strategically dipped below one eyeYour scarf it was apricotYou had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotteAnd all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partnerThey'd be your partner, and....You're so vain, you probably think this song is about youYou're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about youDon't you? … I said "We're doing some backup vocals on a song of mine, why don't you come down and sing with us?"[32]. Her heartbreak over eventually losing him inspired the song "Dan, My Fling", which appears on her first album. 92 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is ranked at No. [5] The song originally had a fourth verse, possibly including another subject.[31]. Carly Simon (born Carly Elisabeth Simon on 25 June 1945 - New York City, USA) is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and children's author. Artist Carly Simon. The song, whose catchphrase was “you’re so vain/ You probably think this song is about you,” was deduced and analysed to a great extent in order to find out which of Simon’s ex-lover was it referring to. Playlist Video for Week 8 (click here) Day 50 (album cover 5 of 10): Wish you were here, Pink Floyd Day 51 (album cover 6 of 10): Feel the Benefit, 10CC Day 52 (album cover 7 of 10) Karma Police, Radiohead Day 53 (album cover 8 of 10): Sunday bloody Sunday, U2 Day 54 (album cover 9 of 10): You're so Vain, Carly Simon. The song was re-released in the UK in 1991 to cash in on its inclusion in a commercial for Dunlop Tyres, peaking at No. Log In. The intro to this song is played by a German musician named Klaus Voorman. This song is the most famous of her career, and Jagger’s inclusion on the track made many people assume that it was actually about Mick, although that seemingly wasn’t the case. And 46 years ago, Carly Simon may have perfected the artform with “You’re So Vain.” For decades, Carly Simon has played coy about “You’re So Vain.” The song itself is a … by Carly Simon, orchestrated by Paul Buckmaster© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP, © Carly Simon 2020 /  Banner  photos by Liz Linder & Heidi Wild. (C) 2011 Iris Records 1 on the U.S. album charts, where it stayed for five consecutive weeks. Before the song became a hit single in 1972, Simon told an interviewer that the song was about "men", not a specific "man". You came in when nobody else left off." You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht. It is one of the songs with which Simon is most identified, and upon its release, reached No. Mick Jagger contributed uncredited backing vocals for the song. "[12], In 2005 Simon's ex-husband Jim Hart said he was sure that the song was not about anyone famous. Stern commented, "There is an odd aspect to it... he's not that vain." [25] In February 2010, Simon reiterated that the name of the subject was whispered in a re-recording of "You're So Vain": "There's a little whisper—and it's the answer to the puzzle. 3 on the UK chart on its original release in 1973. "[11], Over the years Simon has divulged "letter clues" and has claimed that the subject's name contains the letters A, E, and R.[12], Shortly before the writing of the song, Simon was married to James Taylor; she has said that he was "definitely not" the subject of the song. 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Forgot account? Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? Simon plays piano on the track. It is one of the songs with which Simon is most identified, and upon its release, reached No. "You're So Vain" was the breakout hit for singer/songwriter Carly Simon. 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"You're So Vain" is a song written in 1971 by Carly Simon and released in November 1972. 1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. [7] Simon said that when she wrote the song in 1971, she had not yet met Geffen. Difficulty: novice. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 2 December 1972, the song took five more weeks to rise to the top of the chart, where it stayed for the first three weeks of 1973. Her 1971 debut album brought her a Grammy for Best New Artist, says Biography, and the following year she had a bona-fide smash single with "You're So Vain. [14][15][16], In August 2003 Simon agreed to reveal the name of the song's subject to the highest bidder of the Martha's Vineyard Possible Dreams charity auction. While moxxidude's tab of this solo is close, it fails to recognise that the final 4 bars of the solo are played with a guitar slide. Carly Simon - You're So Vain. 'You're So Vain' meaning: What is the song about? In fact at a time it was speculated that he was the subject of the song. Sign Up. “You’re So Vain” is an infamously mysterious song about someone’s arrogance. The title subject's identity has long been a matter of speculation, with Simon stating that the song refers to three men, only one of whom she has named publicly: actor Warren Beatty.[5]. Create New Account. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation, or cut corner. It’s ironic that Carly Simon ’s biggest hit “You’re So Vain” was on an album titled No Secrets. No Secrets is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released on November 28, 1972, by Elektra Records.. Billy said to me, 'Look at the clouds in your coffee'. ", "Carly Simon: You're So Vain is about Beatty and two others", "Carly Simon Now Saying 'You're So Vain' is about Dead Classical Poet", "Names and faces: Carly Simon, Mark and Jenny Sanford, Seth Green, Stevie Wonder > A vain hunt for 'David, "Carly Simon Reveals Subject of 'You're So Vain'? Moreover legendary rocker Mick Jagger provides background vocals to this tune. Label: Elektra - P133E • Format: Vinyl 7 Carly Simon - You're So Vain (1976, Vinyl) | Discogs Simon enjoyed the buzz that the song created and dropped a … She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 hits include "You're So Vain", "Nobody Does It Better", and "Coming Around Again". "You're So Vain" was voted No. You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte. Simon was born as the third daughter of Richard Simon, the co-founder of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, on June 25, 1945, in New York City. The album was Simon's major commercial breakthrough; it spent five weeks at No. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has since been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, an … Lyrics to 'You're So Vain' by Carly Simon: Son of a gun 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 in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte It was one of the decade's biggest hits and propelled Simon's breakthrough album No Secrets to No. Jump to. Long before Simon recorded what would be known as "You're So Vain", the song was entitled "Bless You, Ben". [26] Multiple media outlets then speculated that the subject was Simon's former boss at Elektra, David Geffen,[27] which Jim Hart, Simon's ex-husband and close friend, denied the following day. 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