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Carly Simon – You’re So Vain (1972)

….. son of a gun ….

This is just a perfect pop record. First heard it at the age of 8 or 9 as played by my wonderful older sisters and just loved the melody and feel. Years later, I came to appreciate the diamond sharp quality of the lyrics; acerbic, mocking, bitter, sarcastic, wounded but, ultimately triumphant. And the bass and guitar just sublime as well.

Rumours abound as to whether the lyrics referred to Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty or A.N.Other.

Looking back, it seems to me that the song is a withering critique of the relative moral and political positions of Harold Wilson and Ted Heath on the prices and incomes policy as seen from the perspective of George Best ….

Or am I missing something?

So many lyrics worth quoting but my particular favourites are ….

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

And then …

Well, I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re not, you’re with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend

Two killer versions. The original single/LP, then live from Martha’s Vineyard in 1987


  1. May 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    One of my favourite songs ❤


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