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Is David Geffen Carly Simon's 'Vain' man?

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carly.jpgIs Carly Simon finally revealing the identity of the mystery man at the center of her 1972 hit "You're So Vain"? There's long been speculation that Simon was singing about former boyfriends Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty or Cat Stevens or Kris Kristofferson. All seemed plausible, of course, but Simon has remained mum. (Well, mostly. A few years ago, NBC executive Dick Ebersol bid $50,000 at a charity auction to find out who Carly was crooning about.) On her new disc, "Never Been Gone," Simon has re-recorded “You’re So Vain,” and the UK tabloid, The Sun, notes that if you play the revised version backwards, you can hear Simon whisper the name “David." The paper posits that Simon was singing about none other than David Geffen, who was then the head of her label, Elektra. The singer's rep had this to say today: “It’s just a clue. There are lots of ‘Davids.’” Take a listen here. If true, it wouldn't be the first time someon wrote a song about Geffen. How's about Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris." While we're at it, check out this gallery of other songs inspired by real folks.

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