David Geffen is Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' Inspiration

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David Geffen

The mystery behind Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" has finally been solved.  After years of speculation that the song was about one of the singer's ex-boyfriends, Simon has given a clue that the 1972 hit is about media mogul David Geffen.

In a remastered version of the song, a voice whispers "David" when played backwards.  The song wasn't a rant about a failed relationship.  Geffen, who is openly gay, was the head of Simon's record label, Elektra, at the time, and the UK Sun speculates she was angry he promoted her rival Joni Mitchell.

Mitchell's 1974 song "Free Man of Paris" was also about Geffen.

All you Carly Simon exes, including Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger and Cat Stevens can rest easy now.  The song wasn't about you after all.

Listen to Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" below:


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