Carly Simon Reveals Identity of 'You're So Vain' Man?

Entertainment Feb. 26, 2010 AT 2:48PM
Carly Simon Reveals Identity of 'You're So Vain' Man? Credit: Andy Kropa/Getty Images

It's one of pop music's most enduring mysteries: just who is Carly Simon sniping about in her trademark 1972 hit "You're So Vain"?

For nearly forty years, fans have guessed that the haughty lover in the song was one of Simon's famous exes: Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson or Cat Stevens. (The opening line: "You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht...")

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But the real man, supposedly, is David Geffen, the openly gay co-founder of DreamWorks SKG and the head of Simon's then-record label, Elektra.

In an interview with Uncut magazine, Simon, 64, says a remastered version of the track reveals "the answer."

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"I'm just going to tell you this," the singer said. "The answer is on the new version of 'You're So Vain.' There's a little whisper -- and it's the answer to the puzzle."

But wait: that "whisper" can only be heard by playing the track backwards. The name whispered? "David." (Listen to the clip here.)

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The New York Post mentioned and eliminated musicians David Cassidy and David Bowie. Britain's The Sun was the first to claim it's Geffen. Simon supposedly resented the attention Geffen, now 67, lavished on promoting her folk music rival Joni Mitchell.

The 2010 version of "You're So Vain" appears on Simon's new album Never Been Gone, out next week.

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