The Suspects in Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain – Who’s the Lucky Guy?

We can start by singing the infamous lyrics: “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.” Okay, so now that it’s out of your system, let’s begin.

Carly Simon rose to fame in the early 70s, and her infamous 1972 track, You’re So Vain, was a huge hit. The best part about the song wasn’t the catchy tune itself, but the mystery behind it. People had no idea who she wrote the song about, but fans spent years speculating. Simon herself admitted that the song is written about three different people, but she only confirmed one. Can we figure out who the other two are? If you like mysteries, this one is definitely for you.


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Simon encountered several musicians and actors in her day, dating some of them. We are going to go through all the people that the song could have been about. We have some “people of interest” that could be considered “suspects” when the song was first released. There is also additional information from Simon’s 2015 memoir, Boys in the Trees. See what Carly really thinks about these men…