Monday, December 5th, 2016

If this song is about him, then really isn’t it about her? Or is it about her?

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Supposedly the Carly Simon song “You’re So Vain” is about David Geffen, who was at the time the head of Carly’s Elektra record label.

And rather than being angry about a failed relationship, Carly is thought to have resented the effort he put into promoting rival JONI MITCHELL.

So really the song is about Simon’s vanity. Or is it about Joni Mitchell?

Was a commenter at Ann Althouse’s site on to something when she said, “‘Clouds in my coffee’ may be another jealous reference to Joni Mitchell.”

Do you think any of the other rumored targets of the song are sorry it isn’t really about them? And if they thought it was about them, isn’t the song really about them after all?

How would you like to be Dick Ebersol who paid $50,000 to learn the identity of the person in the song?

Simon, now 58, has always said she’d never tell who the song really is about and for decades, it seemed that was a principle that could never waver.

But there’s something else Simon holds very dear as well: Martha’s Vineyard, where she lives. Simon has agreed to tell the secret identity from “Vain” to the highest bidder in an auction benefiting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, which provides child care, counseling, substance abuse treatment services and visiting nurses to the Island community.

Simon’s secret went for $50,000 at Monday night’s auction in Edgartown, which raised a total of about $500,000 with the help of other items donated by other Vineyard celebrities including Walter Cronkite, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols.

And who was the highest bidder? NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol.

If $50,000 seems a little low for such a closely guarded bit of music folklore, consider this: there’s a catch.

Ebersol had to promise not to tell anyone else.

The consolation prize: Simon, famous for avoiding crowds, has invited the winner to her home for a private lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, vodka on the rocks, and a performance of the song, before telling her new confidant who it is about.

I hope it was good vodka.

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