Like other songs that have never been completely explained (Whiter Shade Of Pale, American Pie, etc) Carly Simon's big hit "You're So Vain" has been talked about for many years. All Simon would say was that it was a combination of the men she has known over the years.
Among the favorites were Mick Jagger (The favorite), Warren Beatty (#2 in more ways than one), Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson and even Ringo Starr.
After reworking the song to be on a new album, she finally revealed who was 'so vain'.
It was Roy Orbison.
"Oh Roy liked to hide it all behind those dark glasses but when he pulled them down, it was to get a good look at himself. Then he was ready to show You!"
Simon says that Roy sung "In Dreams" using different lyrics than he placed on the record. "He considered that he, Roy Orbison, was in all the lady's dreams. And I have to admit, he was in mine."
"You Got It" was apparently, "I've Got It" and "Blue Bayou" was a song he originally wrote after striking out Pete Rose in a charity baseball game and titled, "Blew By You".
Simon said that he almost gave himself away with "Candy Man" but not quite.
"He always wanted that certain atmosphere of mystery about him."
"So there it is Roy. Sorry, but you'd understand. If something had happened to me, no one would have ever known!"