Monday, March 01, 2010

News-Breaking Post: You're So Vain, Carly

I'm just a little ... verklempt. For those of you who don't speak Yiddish like I do from my Pennsylvania Dutch background, that means, "choked with emotion."

People -- I know there's a lot of serious, gut-wrenching news going on lately. But amidst the tsunami in Hawaii and earthquake in Chile comes a news report that has former hippies everywhere tapping the "back" button on their DVRs to hear this once again:


Yes, apparently, on a new recording she whispers the name "David" somewhere in the song. You can play it backwards; you can play it forwards, but either way, it sounds like Gollum spilling the beans to me. Listen and tell me what you think:

creepy soundbite

Then came the speculation about who "David" could be. In the last 24 hours, the consensus was that "David" is David Geffen, who was head of Carly's record label back in 1972. Apparently, if this theory is true, Carly was put out by Geffen's lack of attention toward her career compared to his enthusiastic promotion of Joni Mitchell's.

Can you say, "Anti-climactic?"

However, today we are learning why David could not have been THAT David. See this Gather news article for the details about the rebuttal.

In a nutshell, the fact that Geffen is a homosexual does not help the "Geffen is the David" campaign.

Can this story get any more riveting?

Only if I throw in MY two cents.

First of all, a few days ago, I was listening to the radio when YSV came on.

"My goodness," I said in my middle aged voice to no one, "That is the ultimate American pop song. It never ages. The theme is timeless: scorned lover strikes back. Her searing, clever lyrics are way better than keying a car for revenge. The music is great. I must buy this song immediately and put it on my Ipod machine next to all of my other ancient golden oldies."

Which I did.

Have you ever noticed that when you listen to a quality stereo or wear ear buds that you hear things you never heard through your 1972 black transistor radio with the vinyl cover that had 100 tiny holes in it?

For instance, I never knew that Carly whispers "Son of a gun" at the beginning of the song. Did you?

And I always thought the word that follows "You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself ..." was "go by," but it's "gavotte," which means "prancy little French dance." OUCH. Good one, Carly.

Finally, I never knew the harmony was by someone other than Carly. Google tells me it was Mick Jagger.

MICK JAGGER? Wasn't he one of the contenders for the subject of the song? Wouldn't singing back up disqualify him? But wait--Doesn't Mick GAVOTTE all over a stage when he performs? Yes he does! See exhibits A,B,C and D:

Oh, wait a minute. That last one is not Mick, is it.

Anyway, my head was spinning.

And then just a few days later, this David story breaks.

Do I have my finger on the pulse of useless pop news, or what?!

As I researched the articles to write this post (Hey, that's what professional bloggers do, and I'm a professional blogger, only I don't get paid) I realized the great irony of it all:

The longer Carly keeps us waiting with Anticipation for the revelation of the YSV protagonist, the more we talk about her. The more the song is about HER.

She keeps us in the dark because she knows we will keep talking about her for another 38 years! Is that not the HEIGHT of vanity??

Carly--are you so very vain?

If not, then just tell us, already!

PS: The very latest word on "David" is ... Bowie. Could be. He could certainly gavotte around, too.

Question: Without naming names (just like Carly) is there a "gavotter" in your past? One for whom this song could have been written?

As for me ... yes, there certainly was. He "gave away the things he loved, and one of them was me." And if he's reading this post, he probably thinks this post is about him. :)


Deb said...

I was in Jr. High was this song came out. Some said the song as about Warren Beatty, other said it was about David Bowie. We may never know.

Abiding Branch said...

bah hahahahaha! Lidna I just sang that song the other day!!! Well it was to my child in jest but nonetheless it was sung. She has managed to get into our daily lives hasn't she? Hmmm! And yet here we are commenting as well as posting, researching as well as promoting? Aren't we a bunch of compliant consumers? lol
I'll buy former boyfriends for a dollar Lid!

Margaret said...

My husband for sure!

Mary said...

Wow! I LOVE Carly! I was chuckling when I read your post; I always thought she said "go by"! Oh, they don't write songs like that anymore! Thanks for your post!

Jill said...

Thanks. Now you've got that song running through my head!

Susan said...

Well, I'm so glad you brought this song, and the story back into my stream of consciousness! Seriously, I thought about it ONE time and then let it go. :-) I did know she sang "son of a gun" at the beginning only cause I heard it on my vinyl album years ago and listened like 42 times in a row to confirm it! A very fun post, Linda.

:-) Susan

Linda said...

I'd say Carly is a mastermind at PR! If she's smart, she won't say and we'll keep guessing. I just hope poor Warren doesn't end up with this song on his tomb stone one day! I think he might be innocent. I've never seen him gavotte!

Mocha with Linda said...

Arggh! Now this song is in my brain and driving me crazy!

I always thought it was "go by" too.

Love the new spring look!

The Bug said...

You're such a nut - thank you for making Monday fun.

I'm probably the most vain person in my life - in a self-depracating I'm so not worthy way. It's a lethal combination (lethal as in, guaranteed to put you to sleep!)...

Jeanie said...

It's great to have this info to add to my cache of pop-culture knowledge. Very fun.

The "Quiet" One... said...

Too, too funny! Thank you for this - it made my morning. It also made my co-workers wonder what is wrong with me as I tried to stifle and mask my laughter. There's got to be a way to send this to Carly... I"m sure she'd get a kick out of it too!! Happy Monday. :)

Love Blossoms said...

Super! I really enjoyed this Linda! Very well written. I needed a laugh today. Love you!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I've always loved the drama around the song.

And, yes. There was. His loss. :>)

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, you go girl....I'm impressed by your investigating and speculations you've certainly spent some serious thought on this and it was a nice break from feeling guilty about all the bad news bombarding the airwaves. I'm like Susan, I thought about who is could have been once,and certainly used it to my own advantage. You gave me a giggle, thanks.

Amy said...

OK can you even picture David Bowie OR Mick Jagger being Carly Simon's boyfriend??? I am of the Warren Beatty camp maybe his nickname was David, or maybe it is a big ploy to throw us all off the trail.

Either way that sound clip was oh so very


Melli said...

I just want to know how this has become late breaking NEWS... again! It ALL sounds de ja vu to me! The whole Mick Jagger, David Bowie, David Geffen thing -- ALL of that went around back in the ... 70's. Carly must have paid somebody to bring it up to their teenage daughter and get the whole thing going again!!! LOL!

2Thinks said...

One thing is sure: you are a professional blogger and if anyone should get paid for it, you should.

Cathy said...

Fun post and I always loved that song.

Anonymous said...

Linda, I know this gonna sound wierd, but I heard it was Dave Coulier (sp). As in, old boyfriend/Full House character. Odd couple no doubt. (Also, can't believe they're talking about bringing that show back, who knew?)

Anyway, research that one and see what you come up with.

2cats said...

I always assumed David was David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Boy was I wrong.
Yes I had a little dancer in my past and he is the same one who was vain.
This song requires the car windows down and volume all the way up.
I need to get an Ipod.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Love this post - love the song - loved that vain guy at one point...

Better yet is what I consider Carly's follw-up song to YSV, Do the Walls Come Down.

Carmen said...

That WAS creepy audio! Who knew? Love the pics of Mick gavotting...

Laura said...

This was great! I laughed all the way through it. And wow...this took some mighty fine investigative work on your part! I don't care if I ever find out who the song is about. I just have fond memories of eating a "burgermaster basket" at BurgerMaster with college friends while singing this song at the top of our lungs! It was a drive-in, fortunately :)

Angie's Ad Lib said...

Now I'll never be able to listen to that song again without imagining Mick or Bowie gavotte-ing around. :) Funny.

I enjoyed your cleverly written post even thought it included a very very creepy soundbite. I assume you purchased an older version of the song for your IPod so you didn't have to hear Gollum during your songfest. Yelch!

When I saw your post title and then the picture of Carly I thought you were going to praise her lack of cosmetic surgery. She may be vain about her song, but she a-la-natural when it comes to skincare! Love that hippy in her!

Fun read; thanks.

Susanne said...

You crack me up. You are one deep thinker. I never question songs. Maybe I need to start.

Anonymous said...

I've been singing the wrong lyrics all these years... Sheeesh!! (See, it's all about ME! LOL)

Simply Blessed said...

Love it! I remember the song very well. I do believe we all have a "gavotter" or two in our past and a few in our present. LOL- yea, bet they think this is about them too.!
Great post you made my day!