Carly Simon Reveals Lost ‘You’re So Vain’ Verse

By Brad Haynes

Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is one of the most storied songs in pop music history. For years, people tried to figure out exactly who the song was about. Simon eventually revealed to People that one of the verses was about actor/director Warren Beatty: “Oh, you had me several years ago / When I was still naïve / Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair / And that you would never leave.” She went on to say that the others may, or may not, be about Beatty.

Simon has now offered up a lost verse for BBC’s Classic Album Series documentary which takes a look at her album No Secrets. She reveals that she had it written on a pad, but when completing the song, scrapped it.

“A friend of yours revealed to me that you’d loved me all the time / Kept it secret from your wives / You believed it was no crime,” the verse goes. “You called me once to ask me things / I couldn’t quite divine / Maybe that’s why I have tried to dismiss you, tried to dismiss you / And you’re so vain.”

Once again, no definitive statement as to who the verse was about. Click here to listen to Simon sing the verse.




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