I refuse to believe this news. I don’t care if Carly told me straight to my face that the arrogant rogue from her hit song, Your So Vain ISN’T Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty, because those two are who I (alternately) imagine him to be. (Or, maybe Patrick, but that would involve a hoop skirt a` la Scarlett O’Hara, rather than a “scarf, it was apricot”. An entirely different scenario altogether.)
Hold on to your effing hats, y’all: Carly Simon has revealed (sorta?) that The So Vain One is record producer/CEO DAVID GEFFEN, who at the time headed Carly’s record label, Elektra. It’s being said that Carly was jealous of Geffen’s relationship with then-rival Joni Mitchell. Yes, we all know that Mr. Geffen is gay, but back in the day he had many relationships with women, mostly notably, Cher.
“For 38 years, jilted lovers everywhere have been singing along to “You’re So Vain” and wondering exactly who is so vain—and they may finally have an answer. Speculation has long centered on Carly Simon’s famous exes, including Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, or James Taylor. But the song, as it turns out, isn’t about a former paramour—or even about a straight guy. The subject is openly gay record producer David Geffen.Simon whispers the name “David” backward in a remake of the song featured on her latest album, Never Been Gone, note the Sun and the Mail. Simon is believed to have been angry at Geffen, then the head of her record label, for promoting rival singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell over her.”
Way to ruin it for everyone, Carly. Just to sell copies of a new version of the song? Ugh.