"There was originally a song that had the melody of what is now 'You're So Vain,' called 'Bless You Ben.' It never went anywhere, I could never fall in love with it. And then I was at a party and somebody walked in and my friend said to me 'Doesn't he look like he's just walked on to a yacht?' So, I thought to myself ''let me write that in my notebook''. And then one day, when I was playing 'Bless You Ben' on the piano, I substituted 'You walked into the party, like you were walking onto a yacht' and the exchange was equal. And it felt natural and it felt good and then I could get into that man, I knew who I was talking about." - Carly Simon
"That song is about a lot of people. I mean I can think of a lot of people. The actual examples that I've used in the song are from my imagination, but the stimulus is directly from a couple of different sources. It's not just about one particular person. The second verse is about Warren Beatty. He called me and said ''thanks for the song...''. Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!'' - Carly Simon
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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