Or does she? After 38 years of fans guessing who was the subject of Carly Simon’s song “You’re So Vain”, some clues may be emerging on a reworked version of the hit. The new version shows up with backwards masking on her new album Never Been Gone.
For years, people thought Simon was singing about Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson or Warren Beatty. She claimed it was a composite of people she knew.
But the re-recorded version with backwards masking clearly says the name “David”, and speculators are speculating it refers to David Geffen, head of her record label at the time. Simon denies it is about Geffen, so the mystery persists.
But in “Anticipation,” she is clearly singing about her secret lover, H.J. Heinz, the ketchup magnate.
You can read more about the mystery here.