She Knows No Secrets, But Has One

By | Jun 25, 2011

Carly Simon’s third album, it is also one of her most popular, has the title No Secrets. The album also has You’re So Vain a song that has a big secret. Who is so vain and may think the song is about him?

Carly Simon was born on June 25, 1945. She was born into a well off family as one of the daughters of publisher Richard L. Simon, or Simon and Schuster.

Her first recording was with her sister Lucy, as the Simon Sisters and they had a minor hit with the song “Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod” in 1964. In all they recorded 3 albums together.

Shortly before the song You’re So Vain was released she married James Taylor. Taylor is one of many men that Simon dated prior to the time she wrote the song. Among them are Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson and William Donaldson.

She has never said who the song is about, but has offered hints over the years. In fact there’s an entire page on her Web site www.carlysimon.com devoted to the mystery.

The truth will only be known if and when Carly Simon decides to tell. Only she really knows the secret. If I would have to stab at a guess, I would say does it really matter. It was and still is a great song one that has been part of my record collection since its release.


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