Carly Simon has solved the mystery – well, sort of.

For 44 years, the subject of “You’re So Vain” has remained one of pop music’s most enduring mysteries.

But at long last, Carly Simon has solved the mystery – well, sort of.

The singer, 70, tells People that the second verse of her famous song refers to none other than Warren Beatty.

“I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” she tells People in an interview pegged to her much-anticipated memoir, Boys in the Trees, to be released later this month.

Does Beatty know about the seminal role he plays in the song? In keeping with its theme, “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!” says Simon.

The mother and grandmother, who still resides in the same Martha’s Vineyard home she shared with former husband James Taylor, explains that the other verses refer to two other men – and she still isn’t naming names.

Will she ever? “I don’t think so,” she says, “at least until they know it’s about them.”

“YOU’RE SO VAIN”

You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically tipped below one eye
Your scarf, it was apricot
You had one eye in 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,
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

Well, you had me several years ago
When I was still quite naive
When 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

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

Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re 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, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

Source: http://www.people.com

First Verse Guy: ? Mick Jagger?
Second Verse Guy: Warren Beatty
Third Verse Guy: Neil Young – he owns a private jet, from Canada (Winnipeg), some underworld spy could be the real life James Bond (his real name is Captain Peter Mason – great guy) actually lives in a small town in Alberta (Canada) with his wife (this part is not a guess it is a fact – have a mutual friend) Husband and wife were both spies.. . Not sure if they are still  alive but it could be him, that of course if they know each other. PS: He is kind enough to go to message boards and leave personal messages. Here is one: https://crimethroughtimecollection.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/the-real-james-bond-007-captain-peter-mason-winston-churchhills-post-war-secret-sas-baker-team/
Here is another clue: His “Saratoga” Horse Show album (recorded in 1997 though) – not sure what’s the back story on the name: http://www.discogs.com/Neil-Young-Saratoga-Horse-Show/release/5365342

From Vanity Fair: “This photo of Neil Young was taken at his ranch as he was driving past in his vintage Cadillac, lovingly nicknamed Pearl. In my opinion, Neil is one of the most powerful and charismatic presences in rock and roll. He is a man who commands respect yet at the same time has a hugely playful sense of humor. In this shot, he was leaning out the car window, with that big Canadian smile, to crack a joke about my English accent. I was riding one of his horses, so I’m glad the shot is in focus and I didn’t drop the camera.
Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/10/mick-jagger-carly-simon-anjelica-huston-rare-photos

 

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