Admit it, ladies: You, too, have sung these lyrics with a particular gentleman in mind. You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you. You're so vain. I'll bet you think this song is about you. Don't you? Don't you?
Ahhh... such poetic truth in those lines, the beauty of which always stemming from the fact it was a song for the "everywoman" about the "everyman" in her life. But now the gavotting, apricot-scarf-wearing man has been revealed.
No. It is not actor Warren Beatty. Nor is it Mick Jagger or ex-husband James Taylor. In fact, it's not even a former lover of Ms. Simon at all, says Spinner.com.
In fact, according to a rather creepy backwards-whispered "David" — as incorporated into a re-recorded version of the 1972 hit on her latest album 'Never Been Gone', released in the UK next week — it's Simon's former Elektra boss David Geffen. Supposedly, the singer resented the record exec for the attention he lavished on Elektra/Asylum label-mate Joni Mitchell.
So there you go. Although, we suppose the only way of really knowing if the riddle of 'You're So Vain' has been solved is if somewhere David Geffen is reading this and thinking: "well, obviously."[Source]
Now that we know the specifics behind the song, is it ruined? Hopefully not, but let's give it a whirl: Wherever you are, sing along with us...
You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and