Lyrics to
You’re So Vain

Released by Carly Simon in 1972
From the Album: No Secrets |

This version of You’Re So Vain was released by Carly Simon in 1972.

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You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror as you 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?

You had me several years ago when I was still quite 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…

I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and…
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won
Then you flew your lear jet 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…


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Carly Simon has released many songs over the years besides You’Re So Vain. Carly Simon released songs from 1971 to 2008 spanning across albums like Carly Simon, Anticipation, No Secrets, Hotcakes, Playing Possum, Another Passenger, Boys In The Trees, Spy, Come Upstairs, Torch, Hello Big Man, Spoiled Girl, Coming Around Again, Working Girl, Have You Seen Me Lately, My Romance, This Is My Life, Letters Never Sent, Film Noir, The Bedroom Tapes, Piglet's Big Movie, Christmas Is Almost Here Again, Moonlight Serenade, Into White, and This Kind Of Love. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Carly Simon.

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When you decide to study the lyrics to You’Re So Vain, you're looking at the words, verses and background chorus from the 1972 song by Carly Simon. Some of the lyrics to You’Re So Vain have clear meanings and some contain metaphorical references. Like most songs, only Carly Simon and their collaborators know the full story behind any of the their songs.

You can understand the lyrics to You’Re So Vain if you take apart the structure of the words. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to You’Re So Vain" means the words set to the music of You’Re So Vain, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Carly Simon. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to You’Re So Vain and the lyrics to You’Re So Vain are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Carly Simon who came here looking just for the lyrics to You’Re So Vain, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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