It is one of the songs that Simon is most identified with, and upon its release, reached number 1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover about whom Simon asserts "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you. The distinctive bass guitar intro is played by Klaus Voormann. Simon plays piano on the track. The first words were: "Bless you, Ben. You came in when nobody else left off. A friend told Simon the male guest entered as if he was "walking onto a yacht".
The singer also revealed that her memoir could become a Broadway show.
Over the years, Simon's revealed a few of the letters in the subject's name
It's the ultimate breakup song for when your ex behaved like a total and utter [insert your favoured word here]. But who was the classic song by Carly Simon actually about? What inspired it? And how much of a success was it? The song is a critical look back at a self-absorbed lover, about whom Carly Simon says: "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you. Before the song became a hit single in , Simon told an interviewer that the song was actually about "men," not a specific "man". Simon has said in the past that the song refers to three men, but only one of whom she has named publicly is actor Warren Beatty. In , she said it is not about Mick Jagger , who also contributed uncredited backing vocals to the song. In , Warren Beatty said: "Let's be honest.
And though some have guessed that other parts of the song are about Mick Jagger , she ruled him out in her memoir, "Boys in the Trees. In a new interview with ABC News, she said that the real inspirations behind the first and third verses still don't know that they inspired her lyrics. So, what would have to happen for her to decide to fill them in? Simon, now 70, released a companion album last year of all the songs discussed in the book, and wrote a score for the audiobook. Looking ahead, she said that it's possible that it will be turned into a biopic or musical. It basically ends with the end of her marriage to James Taylor , with whom she has two adult children, Ben and Sally. Her son has not read the book, she said, though her daughter has.
After all, the inspiration for the song has been one of the biggest secrets in popular music history — and even today, the mystery has only been partially revealed. The staggering success of the song has deepened the guessing game. The lyrics of the meta song pointedly accused someone — likely a lover — of being way too into himself.