Carly Simon Reveals Who “You’re So Vain” Is About After All This Time?!?


He may not have walked into a party like he was walking onto a yacht, but Warren Beatty did inspire at least part of Carly Simon’s iconic song, “You’re So Vain.” Simon has kept the inspiration to her song a secret for 44 years, but now she’s finally letting out at least part of her secret in a new memoir, Boys in the Trees.

“I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” she said. But he’s so vain, he thought he was in there more. “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!” she said, confirming that he’s at least partly right. Here are the lyrics Simon said are about Beatty:

“You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve

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…”

Simon maintains that the song is also about two other men, but she’s staying tight-lipped about their identities, “at least until they know it’s about them.”


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