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Is Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ About Mick Jagger?

Mick Jagger, like many rock stars, has a little bit of a repute for being useless. In actual fact, he even helped Carly Simon create her signature hit, “You’re So Useless.” This surprising collaboration has led many individuals to marvel if “You’re So Useless” is about Jagger. Years after the music’s launch, Simon revealed if Jagger impressed the music.

Mick Jagger | John Hoppy Hopkins/RedfernsHow Mick Jagger helped Carly Simon create ‘You’re So Useless’

“You’re so useless, you most likely assume this music is about you” is without doubt one of the biggest put downs in music historical past. Oddly sufficient, Simon didn’t see it that manner. In keeping with Final Traditional Rock, she stated “It wasn’t vengeance; it wasn’t Anna Karenina. It was, ‘From this viewpoint, you don’t essentially look nearly as good as you assume you look.’ There’s not an iota of hate in it.”

Along with displaying Simon’s virtuoso songwriting expertise, “You’re So Useless” raises an attention-grabbing query: Who’s the music about? Individuals have been asking that query ever since Simon’s hit first reached the airwaves. Jagger is a well-liked candidate for the topic of “You’re So Useless,” most likely as a result of, in keeping with Rolling Stone, he dated Simon.

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As well as, Jagger helped Simon craft “You’re So Useless.” In keeping with the e book Jagger: Insurgent, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue, Jagger came visiting to the studio Simon was working in when the music was partially full. Then, he recorded backing vocals for the music. Simon felt Jagger’s backing vocals improved the music significantly. Jagger wasn’t credited on “You’re So Useless,” a artistic choice which Simon felt added to the music’s mystique.

Jagger and Simon recorded a second music the day they recorded “You’re So Useless.” Oddly, sufficient, that music was not launched for many years. Nobody might discover the tape on which it was recorded. For some time, all the general public knew concerning the music was that it contained the lyrics “Humorous, humorous, humorous, humorous, humorous/ How love could make you cry” — lyrics Simon remembered in an interview. In keeping with Billboard the tape containing the music was lastly recovered in 2018, although it’s hasn’t been launched.

Who’s ‘You’re So Useless’ about?

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So is “You’re So Useless” truly about Jagger? No. In a 1983 interview with The Washington Publish, Simon flatly denied Jagger impressed “You’re So Useless.” In the identical interview, Joyce Wadler requested her if the monitor was about Warren Beatty — one other movie star Simon dated. Simon evaded the query, although she stated Beatty was satisfied the music was about him.

Lastly, in 2015, Simon gave up the ghost – to a level. In keeping with the Los Angeles Occasions, she admitted the second verse of ”You’re So Useless” is about Beatty. In that verse, Simon discusses a person who broke his promise to be there for her eternally. Simon stated the 2 different verses of the music are about two totally different males. She didn’t reveal their identities, however one factor’s for sure — neither of them are Jagger.

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