Cased Closed?

'You're So Vain' About David Geffen?

The identity of the man Carly Simon wrote “You’re So Vain” about has long tormented fans. Could it have been David Geffen? In an interview with Uncut, Simon says that the identity of the man can be heard on a new recording of the song. “There’s a little whisper and it’s the answer to the puzzle.” The Sun says that Simon whispers Geffen’s name backward on the track. However, The Hollywood Reporter says it can’t be Geffen. Some have said that Geffen was the head of Elektra Records, for which Simon recorded the song, but THR points out that Geffen actually ran Asylum Records, which did not merge with Elektra until after Simon recorded “You’re So Vain.” THR says that the name of Warren Beatty, whom many have long suspected to be the mystery man, is also whispered backward on the track.