Late last week a 38-year guessing gameseemed to have come to its end when Carly Simon released a re-worked version ofher hit song "You're So Vain." Fans, media outlets, mystery lovers,and even people who weren't alive when the song was first released all joinedthe conversation when it was revealed that the subject of the song is musicmogul David Geffen.
Or was it?
Over the weekend, Simon, who was en routeto the U.K. to promote the album that contains the new version of "You'reSo Vain, dashed off an email to Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman, exclaiming: "What a riot! Nothing to dowith David Geffen!" Friedman, who is a writer for The Hollywood Reporterblog, says Carly didn't even know Geffen in 1971, which is when she wrote thesong.
The whole "So Vain" brouhahabegan when British newspaper The Sun jumped to conclusions after playing the new version backwards andhearing what they claim is the singer clearly saying "David." ThatDavid, according to The Sun's logic, had to David Geffen, the head of ElektraRecords at the time. The announcement was easy fodder for bloggers, and the mystery was considered solved (afterall, what other David besides David Geffen had a private jet in 1971?).
Still, Carly's denial in and of itself is intriguing, as she also confirmedthat the song is full of clues.
Simon told Friedman: "What a funnymistake! Someone got a clue mistaken for another mistake!"
So the hunt continues for the mystery jet-settingman, who may or may not have something to do with the name "David."Past guesses have included Carly's ex-boyfriends Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty,Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson.