January 16th, 2006

classic beard

Emphasis II

Having upgraded from mp3 cds to the full onboard iPod, I have a much less selective range of driving music than before. In particular, Carly Simon's "You're So Vain (you probably think this song is about you)" popped up... and as in Emphasis, after decades of listening, it finally clicked -- the song isn't about "you" ie. the playboy described in the lyrics... it's about her, the (first-person) singer. Literally, even; the lyrics do appear to support the idea that it's not his exploits, but the impact hearing about them has on her.

ps. I assumed that everyone else figured this out back in the 70's. Some googling finds me the Official Web site, though, with an entire page about the question which focusses on actual people, and doesn't even hint at the linguistic trick above. I will continue to prefer my interpretation, as it provides a satisfying sort of closure anyhow, "so there".
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