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You’re So Vain

Carly Simon

Album No Secrets

“You’re So Vain” is the third track from American singer-songwriter Carly Simon and her third studio album “No Secrets”, which was released in 1972. Simon wrote the track, with Richard Perry behind production, and it is a sot-rock ballad cursing an egotistical man.

For many years, the media and fans attempted to understand who Simon was referring to throughout the song. It wasn’t until an interview with in People magazine in 2015 that Simon revealed that the second verse of the song is about American actor and director Warren Beatty, who she had previously dated in the 1970’s. However, each verse seems to target a different individual and issue, which means the remaining two individuals the song is directed at are still a secret. Mick Jagger also features on the track, providing back-up vocals.

The official music video for “You’re So Vain” was uploaded to Simon’s official YouTube channel in July 2009. It features Simon performing the song on stage with a large crowd singing along. As of late July 2020, the video has 29.8 million views and 135 thousand likes.

Release Date: 8th November 1972

Songwriter: Carly Simom

Producer: Richard Perry

Label: Elektra

Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, “You’re So Vain” charted at #1 in Australia, #5 in Belgium, #1 in Canada, #8 in Germany, #4 in Ireland, #7 in the Netherlands, #1 in New Zealand, #4 in South Africa, #3 in the UK, and #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song is certified Gold in the US and UK.

The lyrics to “You’re So Vain” can be read here: LINK

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