Beatty wrong to think song about him
Published 26/02/2010 | 05:00
THE IDENTITY of the man who walked into the party like he was walking on to a yacht in Carly Simon's 1972 hit 'You're So Vain' is one of pop's greatest mysteries, matched only by the price of that doggie in the window and what Meat Loaf would not do for love.
After guarding the secret for 38 years, however, the singer has let slip the first name of the man who jilted her before going to Saratoga to watch his horse naturally win.
Her indiscretion, which coincides with the release of her greatest hits album, appears in an instrumental interlude in an acoustic version of the song.
The name "David" is whispered, backwards, about two-and-a-half minutes into the song.
Simon (64) confirmed in an interview with 'Uncut' magazine that the whisper did indeed allude to her former lover.
"I'm just going to tell you this," she said.
"The answer is on the new version of 'You're So Vain'. There's a little whisper -- and it's the answer to the puzzle."
Her confession, if genuine, rules out candidates who have been considered favourites over the years. Warren Beatty, who briefly went out with Simon in the early 1970s, was considered by many, including himself, to be the one. (© The Times, London)