You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and…
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?
Those lyrics from I Bet You Think This Song Is About You have mystified listeners since Carly Simon’s smash hit was released in 1972.
The song is ranked #82 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time, has been covered hundreds of times, and is considered Simon’s greatest hit.
But who is it about?
Today, Simon broke her decades long silence and revealed just who the song is about. Or at least, the second verse. Warren Beatty.
Earlier tonight, on Drex Live, Drex spoke with Rock 101’s Craig Thullner about the revelation.
Mystery in lyrics
“The discussion started instantly. And the person who it actually turns out to be about – or one of the people – was asked at the time. And he repled, ‘well who are we kidding. I think we all know who it’s about.”
Thullner says many people, Beatty included, certainly had a hunch he was the subject.
Simon even told the Washington Post in 1983 that Beatty had phoned her to thank her for the song.
But he says the mystery was thick, and other names were also thrown around.
“Of course, Mick Jagger was talked about too, because he does background vocals on the song.”
And the question has endured. In 2003, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC sports even paid $50,000 for the rights to know who it was about…
Of course, it’s not the only song with a mystery subject. Tune in and hear Drex and Craig get into the secret identities behind hits like Alanis Morisette’s You Oughtta Know, Talyor Swift’s Style, and more.