January 1973 – You’re So Vain by Carly Simon

January 1973 – a song popular in this month – You’re So Vain by Carly Simon

The person Simon is singing about in this song remains a mystery, as she has never made it clear who she wrote it about; rumors include Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, and Mick Jagger, all of whom she had affairs with.

Interesting facts about You’re So Vain & Carly Simon

Richard Perry, who produced the album, has his own ideas about the song’s subject matter. He said in the book The Record Producers: “It’s about a compilation of men that Carly had known, but primarily Warren Beatty.”

Simon came up with the “Clouds in my coffee” line on a cross-country flight. She explained the meaning of the phrase, saying: “Clouds In My Coffee are the confusing aspects of life and love.

In 1976, Simon performed this on Saturday Night Live, but taped her performance about an hour before the show because she got really bad stage fright.

Carla Simon was married to James Taylor from 1972-1983.

She won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1971.

In 2015, Taylor Swift listed this as the #1 “Song That Made Me,” explaining that its coy look at a famous ex-lover was an inspiration for many of her songs.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

26 thoughts on “January 1973 – You’re So Vain by Carly Simon

  1. A memorable song for us. We loved Carly Simon and James Taylor, it was nearly my birthday and we had just bought the album so invited a student friend of ours to come round for dinner and listen to the new album. She ended up listening to it over and over for most of the evening because something went wrong with the oven and the casserole that should have taken an hour and half to cook was edible nearer bedtime than dinner-time!

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  2. Oh. My. God! You have absolutely made my day …. I adore that song. Really and truly a blue chip favourite and whilst I knew about the speculation your rounding up of the facts is fascinating. I played it on loop-repeat when my first marriage split up …. a story for another day 😉

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  3. She actually “auctioned” off the mystery person this song was about with the caveat that the person who won, would never reveal the name. Some businessman won it and it showed her whispering the name in his ear. My vote is Warren Beatty. He was quite the playboy in his time.
    Hugs to you and Gary. 🙂

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