Some of them. But we digress. She might share the other names down the road, she told People, if she ever told the guys first that they were, well, The Guys. But never say never. I never thought I would admit that it was more than one person! Only there were record players involved.
Over the years, Simon's revealed a few of the letters in the subject's name
And though some have guessed that other parts of the song are about Mick Jagger , she ruled him out in her memoir, "Boys in the Trees. In a new interview with ABC News, she said that the real inspirations behind the first and third verses still don't know that they inspired her lyrics. So, what would have to happen for her to decide to fill them in? Simon, now 70, released a companion album last year of all the songs discussed in the book, and wrote a score for the audiobook.
The second verse is about Beatty
After all, the inspiration for the song has been one of the biggest secrets in popular music history — and even today, the mystery has only been partially revealed. The staggering success of the song has deepened the guessing game. The lyrics of the meta song pointedly accused someone — likely a lover — of being way too into himself. He certainly thought it was about him — he called me and said thanks for the song. For decades, Simon remained mum on the subject. But 31 years after the song came out, she finally gave up her secret in — but only to one person, then-NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol.
It is one of the songs that Simon is most identified with, and upon its release, reached number 1 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover about whom Simon asserts "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you. The distinctive bass guitar intro is played by Klaus Voormann.