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Carly Simon Still Teasing Us

Posted on | March 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

A British paper claimed last week to have identified David Geffen as the mystery man mocked by Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” and our blog friend Nicholas accepted this as refutation of the long-popular Warren Beatty theory (my favorite).

Now, however, Simon has denied that speculation, calling it a “funny mistake.” 

By the way, I’ve never bought into the Mick Jagger theory, a confused telephone-game rumor based on the fact that Jagger sings backup vocals on the chorus of “You’re So Vain.” The confirmation that the whispered word “David” on a re-release of the song is a clue to the subject’s identity — which is what sparked the false ID of Geffen — leads me to believe that David Bowie was the actual target.

Bowie’s wife Angela once claimed that Jagger was the subject of the song, based on the lyric about “the wife of a close friend,” but that might be a reflection of Angela’s own vanity. But if the Bowies were close enough to Simon that Angela might have thought Jagger’s alleged “obsession” with her prompted that lyric, then why not David Bowie? Certainly he was a peacock.

But I still think it was Warren Beatty, and Carly’s just trying to throw us off the scent with these bogus red-herring clues.

Comments

  • http://nicholas-whatthe.blogspot.com nicholas

    Strangely enough, after making the post that must now forever tie my name to shame, I had the uneasy feeling that I was still being played.

    Serves me right.

  • http://nicholas-whatthe.blogspot.com nicholas

    Strangely enough, after making the post that must now forever tie my name to shame, I had the uneasy feeling that I was still being played.

    Serves me right.

  • http://nicholas-whatthe.blogspot.com nicholas

    Hey Stace, since you have publicly disgraced me before your teaming thousands of readers, how about getting a some karma back by throwing a little linky love this girls way.

    April Gavaza can flat out write (and she’s a Rule Five qualifier to boot).

  • http://nicholas-whatthe.blogspot.com nicholas

    Hey Stace, since you have publicly disgraced me before your teaming thousands of readers, how about getting a some karma back by throwing a little linky love this girls way.

    April Gavaza can flat out write (and she’s a Rule Five qualifier to boot).