"You're So Vain" is a song written and performed by Carly Simon, released in December 1972. The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover that Simon asserts is "so vain" that she believes he "thinks the song is about [him]." Simon never revealed who the song was based on but in 2010 she gave the subject's first name as "David". This led to speculation that David Geffen was the song's target though a representative for Simon wouldn't confirm that.
On Feb 26, 2010 Mark and Brian [KLOS LA morning show hosts] said according to a rather creepy backwards-whispered "David" -- as incorporated into a re-recorded version of the 1972 hit on her latest album 'Never Been Gone', released in the UK next week (March 2010) -- it's Simon's former Elektra boss David Geffen. Supposedly, the singer resented the record exec for the attention he lavished on Elektra/Asylum label-mate Joni Mitchell. However, Elektra and Asylum would not merge until a year after the song was released and at least two other names, including "Warren," are also hidden in the new version of the song.
I don't care. Nor is it that much a mystery to me and the revelation as many speculated would be a letdown. Remember a few years ago when we all finally learned who the infamous "Deep Throat" was? Do you remember anyone who cared afterward? I honestly don't even remember the guys name, and you don't have to bother telling me. The mystery was around for a long time, who it could be, who burned … more