Man is still a mystery after almost 40 years
Fans of Carly Simon are a step closer to learning the identity of the person described in her 1972 hit, “You’re So Vain.”
Simon told Uncut Magazine that listeners can hear a clue to the identity of the man on her acoustic version of the song, which is featured on her latest album “Never Been Gone.”
“You know what, I'm just going to tell you this,” Simon told the magazine. “The answer is on the new version of ‘You're So Vain,’ on my new record. ... There's a little whisper and it's the answer to the puzzle.”
When the song is played backward, the name David can be heard a few minutes into the song.
Simon also told CNN Radio that, “The man’s first name is David.” But we still don’t know which David it is.
This clue, however, rules out a number of men who were once thought to be the topic of “You’re So Vain.” We can no longer suspect Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson or James Taylor, all linked romantically to Simon.
Some speculate that the “David” whispered in the song is David Geffen, who was in charge of Simon’s recording label at the time. Rumor has it that Simon was upset over Geffen spending more time and effort promoting Joni Mitchell.
However, the New York Post quoted Simon as saying, “What a riot! Nothing to do with David Geffen! What a funny mistake! Someone got a clue mistaken for another mistake!”
Simon has said that this “David” does appear in some of her other songs.
Still, we may never truly know the actual identity of the man who is “so vain.”