Is Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ About Mick Jagger?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mick Jagger with a mop top

Mick Jagger, like many rock stars, has a little bit of a popularity for being useless. In truth, he even helped Carly Simon create her signature hit, “You’re So Vain.” This sudden collaboration has led many individuals to surprise if “You’re So Vain” is about Jagger. Years after the tune’s launch, Simon revealed if Jagger impressed the tune.

Mick Jagger with a mop top
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How Mick Jagger helped Carly Simon create ‘You’re So Vain’

“You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you” is without doubt one of the best put downs in music historical past. Oddly sufficient, Simon didn’t see it that manner. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, she mentioned “It wasn’t vengeance; it wasn’t Anna Karenina. It was, ‘From this point of view, you don’t essentially look pretty much as good as you suppose you look.’ There’s not an iota of hate in it.”

In addition to displaying Simon’s virtuoso songwriting abilities, “You’re So Vain” raises an fascinating query: Who is the tune about? People have been asking that query ever since Simon’s hit first reached the airwaves. Jagger is a well-liked candidate for the topic of “You’re So Vain,” in all probability as a result of, in accordance with Rolling Stone, he dated Simon.

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“You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

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In addition, Jagger helped Simon craft “You’re So Vain.” According to the e-book Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue, Jagger came visiting to the studio Simon was working in when the tune was partially full. Then, he recorded backing vocals for the tune. Simon felt Jagger’s backing vocals improved the tune significantly. Jagger wasn’t credited on “You’re So Vain,” a artistic determination which Simon felt added to the tune’s mystique.

Jagger and Simon recorded a second tune the day they recorded “You’re So Vain.” Oddly, sufficient, that tune was not launched for many years. No one may discover the tape on which it was recorded. For some time, all the general public knew in regards to the tune was that it contained the lyrics “Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny/ How love can make you cry” — lyrics Simon remembered in an interview. According to Billboard the tape containing the tune was lastly recovered in 2018, although it’s hasn’t been launched.

Who is ‘You’re So Vain’ about?

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Carly Simon | GAB Archive/Redferns

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So is “You’re So Vain” really about Jagger? No. In a 1983 interview with The Washington Post, Simon flatly denied Jagger impressed “You’re So Vain.” In the identical interview, Joyce Wadler requested her if the observe was about Warren Beatty — one other superstar Simon dated. Simon evaded the query, although she mentioned Beatty was satisfied the tune was about him.

Finally, in 2015, Simon gave up the ghost – to a level. According to the Los Angeles Times, she admitted the second verse of ”You’re So Vain” is about Beatty. In that verse, Simon discusses a person who broke his promise to be there for her ceaselessly. Simon mentioned the 2 different verses of the tune are about two totally different males. She didn’t reveal their identities, however one factor’s for sure — neither of them are Jagger.

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