Monster Mash: Taylor Swift (with Carly Simon) on Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”

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Posted August 1, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Swift breaks out karaoke classic on ‘Red’ tour with the original artist by her side

While on her one of her stops during her sold-out Red tour, Taylor Swift felt it was time to go retro. The country pop star has never been too afraid to belt out a tune about breakups (“Dear John,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Last Kiss”), so she decided to join forces with singer/songwriting legend Carly Simon, 68, on a joint cover version of her 1972 classic, “You’re So Vain.”

Over the years, speculation has grown and grown over who the subject was in Simon’s landmark hit. In a 1972 interview, Simon mentioned that the song was about “men” and not a specific man. But rumors have long circulated over specific individuals who might be the song’s point of interest, ranging from rock star Mick Jagger to Hollywood hunk Warren Beatty. Using a hint of humor, Simon playfully teased Swift’s following that she told the John Mayer-Taylor Lautner-Harry Styles-dating singer who the suspect was.

When she first heard the song, Swift confessed that it was the best song ever written. “That is the most direct way any one has ever addressed a breakup,” she said. “It’s amazing.” That’s saying a lot from a person who is now considered the modern queen of breakup anthems.

“Youre So Vain,” Simon’s signature song, was certified gold and is considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

The feature including a live performance of Swift and Simon, documented for what looks like an upcoming Red tour documentary, was captured on July 27 at Foxborough, Mass.

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WATCH PERFORMANCE OF “YOU’RE SO VAIN” FROM FOXBORO STADIUM
(LIZZY BURG)


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