For instance, she dispelled the rumor that “You’re So Vain” has anything to do with Jagger, save for his work as a vocalist. In 2001, she said “The apricot scarf was worn by Nick [Nolte]. Nothing in the words referred to Mick.” The scarf in question is referenced early in the song’s lyrics – “Your scarf it was apricot…” Simon also ruled out Taylor back in 1973 – and even told Rolling Stone that James had asked his then-wife if the song was about him.
Uh, no, Bryan, you're wrong. The Rolling Stone part? He's wrong. Simon is discussing who the song could be about -- in a joint-interview with James Taylor -- and Taylor gets nervous when she's discussing him. At which point, Carly laughs it off. Is it about James?
Do you really want to know?
Bryan thinks he knows Carly. She did hide in one song. You'll have to find it on your own. Equally true, she wrote another piece of music revealing who it was.
Do you really want to know?
It's not Nick Nolte. It's a shame Bryan doesn't know Carly's 90s output because that's when Carly gave the biggest clue.
For the record, Bryan says that Carly and Dick Ebersol (who won a charity auction -- he's Susan Saint James' husband, by the way -- prize where Carly told him who the song was about) have revealed three letters: A, R and E.
That could be "wARrEn beatty" or "jAmEs tayloR" or many people. But read the Rolling Stone interview (from 1973) carefully and grasp what's really being said (including that James did take a plane up to Nova Scotia) and try to remember that it was James of whom Joni Mitchell wrote and sang, "Imagining all the pleasure I'm going to have, watching your hairline recede my vain darling" ("Just Like This Train").
But the clue is in the 90s work. And I'm not talking about a word backward or barely audible. I'm talking about a liberal quotation (several bars) from "You're So Vain." When you hear that Carly recording (which is not a version of "You're So Vain"), you will know the answer.
Oh my God. Is everyone an idiot. Read this 'on this day in history' for today (Jan. 7th):
In 1974, James Taylor and Carly Simon had their second child, Sarah Martin, in New York.Do you catch the problem?
How many kids did Carly and James have together?
Sally and Ben. I'm not talking about the name although I see now that it's wrong as well. If you glance, you may see "Sarah Marie". I did. "Sarah Martin." Sally's middle name is Maria. (Her first name is actually Sarah, that's correct.)
The problem is that Carly and James had a baby in 1974 (check out the Hotcakes album and you'll see photos of a pregnant Carly in a very comfy white dress). But they had their second child in 1977. (Check out photos with Another Passenger.)
The 1977 child is Ben. So Sally is not the second child they had. Sally is the first child they had.
Again, what the heck. Doesn't anyone know anything. I planned this to be a fun post but that's gone. Happy Birthday to Sally, congrats to Carly on her daughter and the anniversary of the start of "You're So Vain"'s number one run.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"