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Glenn A. Walsh, who was Astronomical Observatory Coordinator and a Planetarium Lecturer for Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium, told us:There actually is another part of the "You're So Vain" mystery that few people are aware of. Most people think that most lyrics are simply creative. However, one lyric in this song is very curious:"Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun."When I first heard this lyric in June of 1972, I immediately knew what it meant. I am sure that nearly ANY scientist who heard this lyric in 1972 knew exactly what it referred to!In fact, one day in mid-June of 1972, a colleague and I were in the radio station when the record was played. When that particular lyric was heard, he turned to me and said, "that would be nice." I knew he meant that it would be nice to fly to Nova Scotia and see the eclipse the next month.There was a total eclipse of the Sun on July 10, 1972 and Nova Scotia would be one of the best places to observe this particular eclipse (see an image of the eclipse).Even though Carly Simon wrote the lyric in past-tense, she was really writing about an actual event in the not-too-distant future!This brings-up several questions:* Did she write the lyric in past-tense because she did not think the record would be released until after the eclipse? Or she did not think it would become popular until after the eclipse?* Did this guy tell her about the upcoming eclipse and his plans to see it? Or did she know about the eclipse herself or did some other friend tell her about it as she was writing the lyrics--and she knew this guy would possibly fly to Nova Scotia to see the eclipse?* Did this guy actually fly to Nova Scotia to see the eclipse? Or, did the release of this record actually make him decide NOT to fly to Nova Scotia to see the eclipse (AND, was this Carly Simon's purpose in writing the lyric)?The mystery continues with these questions!
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You're So Vain lyrics:


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

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? Don't you?

I had some dreams; they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, 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?

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

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? Don't you?

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Most listeners came from Philippines. This song's text is medium. It's interesting that the artist singing this song has a lot of albums. This track has a lot of mirrors; just listen to it online without any inconveniences. This song is one of the longest sings on the website. This track is included into 2 albums, namely: No Secrets. These albums are the most famous albums of the singer. Song mirrors tip: You can easily change bad mirror by means of the button at the bottom of the page or to reduce its rating on the track page.

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  • nadya wrote: 4 years ago

    Today (2/26/10) Simon revealed that the song was about David Geffen.
  • Cassell wrote: 4 years ago

    THIS IS MY FAVROITE SONG OF ALL TIMEE!!!!!!
  • Hanlin wrote: 3 years ago

    In the beginning of this song, after a little riff of bass strums, if you listen carefully, you can hear someone softly whisper, "Son Of a Gun!" Is that whisper Carly Simon?
  • nadya wrote: 3 years ago

    I think this song really is about you.
  • [email protected] wrote: 3 years ago

    According to the board game Trivial Pursuit (original Genus edition) the song is about Henry Fonda. Don't know where they got that from, mind you...
  • NobodyPerfect wrote: 4 years ago

    According to the board game Trivial Pursuit (original Genus edition) the song is about Henry Fonda. Don't know where they got that from, mind you...
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