Who’s So Vain?

When I was in high school, a big topic of discussion was:  who was the huge hit song You’re So Vain about?  I’d always understood that it was about Mick Jagger, who actually sang backup on the track.

19220739-mmmainNow Carly Simon has come out and disclosed that at least part of the song is about Warren Beatty.  Warren Beatty?  That’s kind of weird, for some reason; it seems like he would be too old.  It sort of makes me lose some respect for Carly Simon, too — but at the same time, it’s easy to see Beatty as the colossal, egotistical jerk depicted in the song.

So, scratch one of the enduring mysteries about a popular song.  Now if we could only find out the answers to some other musical mysteries.  Like, who Stairway to Heaven is about, and who the ex-boyfriend was in Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know?  And while we’re at it, what the heck did Billie Joe McAllister throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Ode to Billie Joe?

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