[BBC] Carly Simon has performed an extra, fourth verse of You’re So Vain for the first time in a new BBC documentary.
The star plays the lost stanza sitting at her home piano, hesitating as she tries to make the words fit the melody.
“This is a verse that I haven’t ever sung,” she explains. “I wrote it a while ago on a pad, but it never made it into the song.”
But the lyrics do not reveal the subject of the song, whose identity remains one of rock’s biggest riddles.
“A friend of yours revealed to me / That you’d loved me all the time,” sings Simon, who is now 71.
“[You] kept it secret from your wives / You believed it was no crime.”
The lyrics were previously printed in Simon’s 2015 memoir, Boys In The Trees, but she has never before sung the verse.
The clip comes from the latest episode of the BBC’s Classic Albums series, which looks at Simon’s 1972 album No Secrets.
You’re So Vain was the album’s first single and introduced a rockier sound for the singer-songwriter – something she initially resisted.
“I didn’t really like the direction of the record,” she says in the documentary, explaining that she “fought” producer Richard Perry “all the way”, until she first heard You’re So Vain on the radio in a New York taxi cab.
“It sounded so good over the radio and I thought, ‘no matter what the other songs sound like, I don’t mind because this one turned out so well.'”
The song went on to top the US charts and reached number three in the UK. It is a critical portrait of a self-absorbed man who “walked into the party like he was walking onto a yacht”.
Over the years, Simon has refused to say who the song is about; although in 2015 she told People magazine that the second verse referenced actor Warren Beatty.
“It was my [book] publisher who called up and said, ‘People Magazine will put you on the cover if you tell who You’re So Vain is about, or just give one verse up.'” she told the BBC.
“And so I therefore decided to give a little bit away. Now, that doesn’t mean that the other two verses aren’t also about Warren. It just means that the second one is.”
Arlyne Rothberg, Simon’s manager in the 1970s, says “endless numbers of people” had asked her to reveal the secret, but “we never talked about it at all.
“The answer wasn’t as important as the game.”
However, she revealed, “the subject, [the person] who it was about, loved the fact. He couldn’t have been more pleased.”
BG Note: In the People interview, Carly Simon claimed that the other verses refer to two other men (See: Carly Simon Reveals One Of Three ) Here are the song lyrics. We’ll call the new verse the fourth verse. You can watch her perform the fourth verse HERE.
You’re So Vain
You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner
They’d be your partner, and…
You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you? don’t you?
You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and…
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear Jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re not you’re with
Some underworld spy or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and…
A friend of yours revealed to me
That you’d loved me all the time
[You] kept it secret from your wives
You believed it was no crime.
You called me once to ask me things
I couldn’t quite divine
Maybe that’s why I have tried to dismiss you
Tried to dismiss you
Similar: Carly Simon Reveals One Of Three
First Verse Guy:
Second Verse Guy: Warren Beatty
Third Verse Guy:
Fourth Verse Guy:
[Optional] The song You’re So Vain came out in 1972 and it is now 2017. That’s 45 years. How many more years is Carly Simon going to stretch out this blind item mystery?