Song Lyric Sunday ~ Scarf

Ooh, I had such a hard time choosing between two great songs this week for Jim Adams’ theme! But I’ve posted a lot of Eagles, so I put “Those Shoes” away and decided to go with “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. She released the song in 1972, and there has been intense speculation ever since over the identity of the male subject. Personally, I think it’s a fabulous song that can apply metaphorically to any selfish, narcissistic man who breaks a girl’s heart, which makes it universally appealing.


You walked into the party
Like you were walking on a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf, it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror
And 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?
Oh, you had me several years ago
When I was still 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, 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 to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet 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, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

~*~

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19 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday ~ Scarf

  1. I loved this song, and remember how it was said to be about Mick Jagger. I’ve since come to understand that it was actually Warren Beatty, but don’t know if that was ever confirmed!

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  2. Very clever choice and fitting for the prompt.

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  3. I always loved this song and it was one of the first songs that I thought about using, especially since I think that Carley wrote this song about me. This version seemed a bit different than the one I am used to, as it sped up and slowed down a little bit. I still have that apricot scarf.

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    • I wanted to find a video that showed a story with a man on a yacht in a scarf, but couldn’t find one. So, I went back to the official vid. I don’t understand why they produced it this way, nor do I get the bearded guy running like mad throughout, but maybe that’s part of her secret message about his three identities. Idk!

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  4. Haven’t heard this in ages, great choice!

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  5. This song has a great first line. I love this song been awhile since hearing it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing an old favorite! 😊

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  7. This is a song I never get tired of hearing. Thanks Paula 🙂

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