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Carly Simon – The Story Behind, “You’re So Vain”

Written by Rebeka Knott


Carly Simon always had a reputation for being funny, talented and well connected. She had a distinct look that was thought to be both exotic and erotic. All of these qualities, together, made her extremely appealing and that was OK with her.

Simon, early on, had teamed up with her sister, Lucy, to form a singing duo. They called themselves, The Simon Sisters.

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. Everyone speculated, but that’s all it was… speculation.

Over 40 years after the song was released, Simon opened up about the famous mystery. She reportedly had three different men in mind while composing the song. We may never know who the other verses of the song referred to but it is interesting to think about all of the possibilities.