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No Secrets
1972

  Recorded in London, this collection of songs includes the # 1 hit song You're So Vain; which skyrocketed Carly to international fame.
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Tracks

The Right Thing To Do
The Carter Family
You're So Vain
His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
We Have No Secrets
Embrace Me, You Child
Waited So Long
It Was So Easy
Night Owl
When You Close Your Eyes

   
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You're So Vain

This video, from Carly's Live From Martha's Vineyard DVD (1987), was the first time that Carly performed You're So Vain before fans in a live concert setting.

You're So Vain - Offical Contest Winner

In April of 2010, Carly Simon and Iris Records ran a contest for fans and filmakers to create an "official" video for You're So Vain. Back in 1972 (when You're So Vain was a #1 hit), music videos hadn't been invented yet.

It Was So Easy

From Carly's 2005 A Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2 DVD (featuring Sally Taylor)

We Have No Secrets

From Carly's 1995 Live At Grand Central concert.

You're So Vain 1976

Saturday Night Live - Season One (5/8/76), Carly performed You're So Vain (with Chevy Chase in the band). This is the earliest known video of Carly singing this song (taped performance, not "live"). Due to strict copyright enforcement, SNL prohibits the streaming of this video. You can, however, purchase this episode for a small fee from: Amazon Instant Video or iTunes

Check out more videos from this album here ~

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

There's nothin' you can do
To turn me away
Nothin' anyone can say
You're with me now
And as long as you stay
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

I know you've had some bad luck
With ladies before
They drove you or you drove them crazy
But more important is I know
You're the one and I'm sure
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

And it used to be for a while
That the river flowed right to my door
Making me just a little too free
But now the river doesn't seem to stop here anymore

Hold me in your hands like a bunch of flowers
Set me movin' to your sweetest song
And I know what I think I've known all along
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Is the right thing to do

Nothing you could ever do
Would turn me away from you
I love you now and I love you now
Even though you're ten thousand miles away
I'll love you tomorrow as I love you today
I'm in love babe
I'm in love with you babe
Let's close now

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Jimmy Ryan
Drums: Andy Newmark
Congas: Ray Cooper
Background Vocals: Carly Simon, Liza Strike, Vicki Brown
Strings and Horns arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd. ASCAP

Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

The Carter family lived next door for almost 14 years
With Gwen and I inseparable from rag dolls through brassieres
Then Gwen began to bore me with her giggles and her fears
The day the Carters moved away, I had to fake my tears
I told new friends Gwen Carter had become a silly pest
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine
To act respectful and read good books
To take care of what was mine

I hated being criticized and asking her permission
So what if her advise was wise, It always hurt to listen
I didn't cry when Granny died, she made me so depressed
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

You used to make me moan in bed, but that can't be enough
My friends complained your jokes were crude
Your manners were too rough

Don't know just what I wanted, but I know I wanted more
Someone smooth, presentable, to blend with my decor
And now at night I think of how you grinned when you undressed
And I find I miss you more than I'd ever have guessed

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings and Horns arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd / Maya Productions Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed
That they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave

But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams
They were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun

Well, you're where you should be all of the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Gordon
Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Percussion: Richard Perry
Strings arr. by Carly Simon, orchestrated by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

His friends are more than fond of Robin
He doesn't need to compliment them
And always as he leaves, he leaves them
Feeling proud just to know him

When Robin goes on holiday
There's no one livin' in our lane
Oh yes, folks still live in our lane
But they're not like Robin

Robin, I've never told you
But I'll be yours until we're old
Please learn to call me in your dreams
The way I'm lookin' at you is just as it seems

He's talked about before he gets there
Though he can never understand it
And I would like to be his alone
But I'm shy and can't demand it

But when Robin gives his love to others
There's no one living in my heart
Oh yes, I keep others in my heart
But they're not like Robin

Piano: Carly Simon
Acoustic Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Arp Synthesizer arr. by Carly Simon, played by Dave Henshaw

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

We have no secrets
We tell each other everything
About the lovers in the past
And why they didn't last

We share a cast of characters from A to Z
We know each others fantasies
And though we know each other better when we explore

Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never knew
Some of those secrets of yours

The water was cold
The beach was empty but for one
Now you were lying in the sun
Wanting and needing no one

Then some child came
You never asked for her to come
She drank a pint of your rum
And later when you told me
You said she was a bore

Oh, sometimes I wish
Oft times I wish
That I never, never knew
Some of those secrets of yours

In the name of honesty
In the name of what is fair
You always answer my questions
But they don't always answer my prayers

And though I know you say
That it's me that you adore
Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never, never, never knew
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours

We have no secrets
Tell each other most everything now

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon, Paul Keough
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Gordon
Electric Piano: Kirby Johnson
Lead Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics by: Carly Simon

At night in bed
I heard God whisper lullabyes
While Daddy next door
Whistled whiskey tunes
And sometimes when I wanted
They would harmonize
There was nothing those two couldn't do

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"

I thought together they must sing the moon away
I thought that they must know each other well
For the magic that they made
When they played
Wasn't lost between their Heaven and their Hell

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"

Then one night Daddy died
And went to Heaven
And God came down to earth
And slipped away

I pretended not to know
I'd been abandoned
But no one sang the night into the day
And later night time songs came back again
But the singers don't compare
With those I knew
And I never figured out
Where God and Daddy went
But there was nothing those two couldn't do

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"br>

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Piano: Peter Robinson
Orchestra, Synthesizer and Choir arr. and cond. by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Please tell my sweet mother
Go on now, tell uncle Paul
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
And I've already waited too long

Raise up your eyebrows
Raise, I said raise your glasses with a song
But don't expect me to be home tonight
Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited too long

I met a boy with eyes of green
The warmest eyes I'd ever seen
He gave his lovin' love to me
The way I've always heard it would be

Daddy, please forgive me
And I've already waited so long

So blow, blow, blow out the candles
Make my bed wide and long
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
I said I've already waited too long

Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited so long

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Keltner
Slide Guitar: Lowell George
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Organ: Bill Payne
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Background Vocals: Carly Simon, James Taylor

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

I remember a time
Rompin' through the woods
Sun against our skin instead of clothes
When we felt hungry we would eat
When we felt glad we would dance
And whenever we felt drowsy we would doze

It was so easy then
Never takin' any stands
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands

I remember a time
When our fears could be named
And courage meant not refusing dares
I remember when we took such cares
Tto step never on the cracks
No only on the squares
Or else we'd be abducted by the bears

It was so easy then
Never makin' any plans
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands
It was so easy then
Never makin' any plans
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands

And now we are grown
With debts and regrets
And broken hearts
And sentimental schemes
Now every tender failure
Seems to overthrow old dreams
Love can drive a normal woman to extremes

It was so easy once
Holdin' hands without a plan
It was so easy once
Holdin' hands
Just holdin' hands

Acoustic Guitars: Carly Simon, Paul Keough
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: James Taylor

Now a fish kinda likes the water
And that's just where he wants to be
And a monkey kinda digs bananas
So he lives in the top of a tree
But my eyes are made for darkness
So the nighttime is right for me
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Most folks they like the daytime
'Cause they like to see the shining sun
They're up in the mornin'
Off and a runnin' till they're too tired for havin' fun
But when the sun goes down
And the bright lights shine
My daytime has just begun
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Won't you turn out them bright lights baby
They're just about to drive me blind
Oh won't you draw then curtains for me papa
Watch and you'll see my love light shine

Now there are two sides to this great big world
And one of them is always night
If you can take care of business in the sunshine baby
I guess you're gonna be alright
But don't come looking for me to lend you a hand
My eyes just can't stand the light
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Vocal: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Congas: Ray Cooper
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Tenor Sax: Bobby Keys
Background Vocals: Bonnie Bramlett, Doris Troy, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

© 1967 Blackwood Music Inc. / Country Road Music BMI

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon / Billy Mernit

When you close your eyes
Do you see
White Lorelei, she's a dream
She's not half as magic as she seems
But she's so much fun to be with

When you close your eyes
Do you see
Places that you've never seen
Yet you've been there
You've been walking on the edges of a dream
And you're so much fun to be with

Big surprise
You've been informed you're not asleep
Hard as you try
You were never really meant to weep

When you close your door with a sign
Do not disturb
Are you disturbed to find
That it's just as magic as it feels
And you're so much fun to be with

Piano: Carly Simon
Drums: Andy Newmark
Bass and Acoustic Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings, Woodwinds and Synthesizer arr. and cond. by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd. / Thorkus Music ASCAP

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No Secrets album LP front cover
Photo by: Ed Caraeff

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No Secrets album LP back cover
Photo by: Ed Caraeff

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No Secrets sleeve
Photo by: Peter Simon

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No Secrets photo session outtake
Photo by: Ed Caraeff

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No Secrets photo session outtake
Photo by: Ed Caraeff

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Carly Simon, Elton John, James Taylor
Out on the town

There are no liner notes or personal messages for this album


Release Date: November 28, 1972
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #1
Single (You're So Vain) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #1 - Adult Contemporary:#1
Single (The Right Thing To Do) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #17 - Adult Contemporary:#4


Produced by Richard Perry

Recorded at Trident Studios, London (Sept-Oct. 1972)
Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Remixed at: Sound Labs, Los Angeles
Engineer: Bill Schnee
Additional Remixing at Air Studios, London
Engineer: Robin Cable
Recordist: Mark Berry
Disc Cutting: Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles

Cover Photography: Ed Caraeff
Inner Sleve: Peter Simon
Art Direction and Design: Robert L. Heimall

Musicians Contractor: David Katz
Nicky Hopkins appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Bonnie Bramlet appears courtesy of Columbia Records

 

Carly Simon - A Hit At Last

Carly Simon  magazine cover - Disc 1973

DISC magazine cover - January, 1973
Written by: Andrew Taylor
Cover photo: uncredited

WAITED SO LONG Three albums in two years. That's the record of Carly Simon. For a long while she was a singer's singer, now she's a commercial proposition.

Carly is not a squat meaty lady but a long, long-legged woman of 28 with a truly remarkable frame and a generous pouting mouth that might have been borrowed from Jagger.

On You're So Vain: You're So Vain, as one American reviewer put it, "lodges itself in the cerebral cortex." After a couple of listenings it begins tantalizing the nerve ends and massaging pelvis and thighs and finally grips so powerfully that on quiet streets at night you find yourself doing all the parts simultaneously...Mick Jagger's delicious harmonies (dontcha, dontcha), the bits where Jim Gordon bashes the nuts off his bass drum and the howling lead guitar of Jimmy Ryan.

The lyrics are less than dainty and you build a mental picture of a squat, meaty lady with close-cropped hair and a knife in her boots. Who, you wonder, is the suave anti-hero who dips his hat over one eye and wears apricot scarves.

On Night Owl: Paul and Linda were working out at Air London studios - sorting out tracks for the Wings double album when producer Richard Perry shuffled in and said that Carly Simon was along the corridor and how about singing along on a song called Night Owl.

The McCartney's, it turned out, were just a couple of the gilt-edged celebrities who lent credence to Carly Simon's third album - an unblemished production by Richard Perry that after all the fuss is over will be remembered for much more than You're So Vain.

On Performing: "I felt that I had to be different - in a performing sense - in order to make an impression upon anybody in my family. The pressure was put on me at the age of four to stand out in my own way."

Now, she says, the thought of performing sends her into a panic. She has visions of being totally immobilized by her fear mid-song, visions of her voice cracking and of unruly audiences hurling objects at her.

The Honeymooners

Carly Simon and James Taylor magazine cover The Honeymooners - Rolling Stoner 1973

Rolling Stone magazine cover - January 4, 1973
Written by: Stuart Werbin

Cover photo: Peter Simon

An Interview with James Taylor and Carly Simon.

At the end of a great concert at Radio City Music Hall, James announced that earlier in the evening he and Carly had married. A Rolling Stone Interview with the Simon-Taylors seemed like a natural.

The Proposal
Stuart: Do you want to talk about why you decided to get married?
James: That's the way we always heard it should be.
Carly: I mentioned one morning to James in London that I thought we should get married, and James was kind of hesitant in his response. He said, "Oh well, there's really no reason to get married. We love each other and we've been living together." And then later on in the afternoon, James said, "You know I've been thinking about it and maybe we should get married." I said, "Well, what's happened between this morning and this afternoon?" He said, "This afternoon it was my idea."

On No Secrets: "I think Richard's (Perry) perfectionism on "You're So Vain" got the rhythm track. That was ace on that. We recorded the song three different times with three different drummers. We've got two pianos going on that track. Klaus Voormann was very instrumental on the sound of that track; just that opening bass sets the mood of a swaggering self-indulgent man to come prancing into the room with his hat."

On Politics and Hypothetical Children
Carly: Warren Beatty called me and said McGovern needed our support very badly. He thought that if a few performers got behind him young people would become interested in politics, they would naturally be interested in McGovern. That was about the main thing that I had to do with McGovern, other than some private parties that I sang at.

James: It was hopeless that he would win the election. Some fantastic shifts have to happen, some incredible reversals, not only American society but human nature itself.

Carly: I don't think that Western civilization as it is now is going to survive for an eternity-I don't believe that-but I believe that Ben and Sarah will be part of perhaps another civilization. . . .

James: We've got hypothetical children . . .

Carly: . . . which will be growing up, whether it's a civilization on another planet or whether it's a civilization in Egypt which will start flourishing in twenty years. Western civilization is in grave danger at the moment.

Werbin also notes the Taylors talking about their "hypothetical children, Ben and Sarah" in the interview. "Now they do have a Ben and a Sarah. They have the kids they imagined."

King & Queen Of The 70's?

Carly Simon and James Taylor magazine cover - Beat Instrumental 1973

Beat Instrumental magazine cover - March 1973
Written by: Uncredited
Cover photo: Uncredited

Claiming the crown inscribed The King and Queen Of The Seventies are Carly Simon, and her husband James Taylor

On You're So Vain: The discussion of 'who is she talking about?' permeated every atom of the music industry and was a major topic of conversation at such places as the famed Bill Gavin Radio Convention, last November. One rock critic admitted to being plagued by the fear that the song was really about him and written to avenge a cruel article he wrote for a Boston paper some time ago.

Carly has remained tight-lipped and refused to reveal the identity of Mr. Vanity, possibly because he is strictly manufactured to serve the purpose of the song. She has said that the person in question is not James Taylor or Mick Jagger.

On No Secrets: Although she's responsible for most of the songs on her No Secrets album, the influence of the man named Jacob Brackman is definetly there.

She and he have been writing together since 1970. They have a sort of reversed Elton John - Bernie Taupin set-up where she gives him the melody and he puts lyrics to it. She describes his style as 'uncanny'.

The album's worst point is that it's too good. Obviously a great many hours were put in at the studios (it was recorded at Trident in London). She's going to have a difficult job in trying to do live versions of many of the songs.

She admits to having trouble performing now because the album is very produced and she would feel naked without everybody that played on it being there. It's a very full sound and obviously she'd like to duplicate it.

To say it again, her latest album is pretty-near perfect. Klauss Vorman's bass playing often makes the album what it is: a 100 percent success. Other notable musicians on it include guitarist Jimmy Ryan and Andy Newmark.

There's a feeling amongst American artists that English session men know how to handle American singers and this fact is proved by Carly's latest album. She sounds better than she's ever sounded before.

The Saga of “You’re So Vain”

Carly Simon magazine cover - Circus Magazine 1973

Circus magazine cover - March 1973
The Saga of “You’re So Vain” Carly, Mick, James And The Boys
Written by: Beverly Graustark
Cover photo: Peter Simon

When Mick Jagger swaggered into Air Studios to warble with Carly late one October eve, he had no idea that one song could set the whole world humming - and guessing - along.

Two years ago, Carly Simon could have walked down the streets of any American city unrecognized (except for a leering glance at those lovely legs). This month, things are radically different. The amazingly rapid success of No Secrets has propelled Carly into the role of superstar.

A mere three weeks after the LP’s release, her manager’s secretary gleefully phoned Carly to triumphantly announce that No Secrets had just turned gold. A scant two weeks later, both the album and the hit single “You’re So Vain,” had jumped right into the number one position on the Cashbox Chart - bypassing such top female vocalists as Joni Mitchell, Rita Coolidge, Streisand and even Carole King - establishing Carly as the female vocalist, all in one short five-week period.

The Recording Sessions: With a portfolio of tunes tucked under her arm, Carly and the musicians flew to London to begin recording. “The time pressures on Carly were incredible,” says Arlyne. “She had two months to finish the album so it could be out for the Christmas rush . . . and she was working with a producer (Richard Perry) who she had never worked with before.

The first sessions at Trident Studios proved very discouraging. Carly was unhappy with some of Perry’s over-use of orchestration, and she felt it hurt the simplicity of some of her tunes. But during her third week of recording, James flew over from America, and his one week visit sent her spirits soaring. It was after James returned to New York to begin work on his own LP that the sessions really got rolling.

Jagger, an old friend of Carly’s, had heard that Carly was recording. Carly recalls, “I was right in the middle of overdubbing the vocals to ‘You’re So Vain.’ I said, ‘Mick, you want to come over and sing vocals on this song?’ And he came right up.”

He came by almost every night that Carly was there (over a week), even when he wasn’t dubbing ‘Vain.' On some nights he would quietly watch the recording; during others he spent time teaching Carly basic rock 'n roll licks. "He told me that I really was a rock 'n roll singer", recalls Carly, "and not just a folk singer, and I shouldn't be afraid to admit it. Yet it never feels natural to me."

Embrace Me You Child: "One night I was curled up in bed with this new book of pages that were unwritten on, and I had a pencil, and I just decided to write and see what came into my head, or see what came out on paper. The first line I wrote was about hearing God whisper lullabies. I had Daddy confused with the Devil, and I had some things that I really didn't understand myself.....That song wasn't planned at all. It was as if I had somebody sitting there writing for me and they were dictating it to me and I was writing it down."

The Right Thing To Do: was penned on a flight down from the Cape. "She had her little tape recorder with her," Arlyne Rothberg recalls, "and by the time the plane landed in New York, she had developed most of the structure for the tune.” Aptly dubbed, “her first love song,” and “a song for James.”

Rolling Stone

Album Review ~ by Stephen Holden Read

"Everything Carly does is likable for her radiant vocal personality"

USA Today

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Hi Carly! I've been a HUGE fan ever since I heard "You're So Vain" on my Mom's favorite radio station. I quickly went out and bought "No Secrets". One of my favorite tracks on the album is "Embrace Me, You Child". It has a lovely melody and great lyrics, but I always wondered about the chorus (Embrace me you child, you're a child of mine. And I'm leaving everything I am to you.)

I'd like to know if those words are just words or if there's some kind of Dylan-esque symbolism involved? Thank you for all your beautiful tunes over all these years! Phil Sommer - Providence, RI


It was a song I wrote in a trance. I didn't think about the words when I wrote the melody. They came to me as if through the ether. I know that sounds hokey and new age, but I guess it was a tribute to my father who I hardly knew. God and the Devil certainly had a place. The wish to believe. The fear in not believing, or the uncertainty of what is in the lullabye. The wish to believe that my father resides with God and that there is harmony between them that can translate to me and to comfort me. Love, Carly - 7/12/05


My mum introduced me to your music when I was quite little. I am now 31 and must say that Hotcakes and No Secrets are still two of my all time favourite albums.

So many great songs, that have soothed me in many ways over the years. But are you a nightowl? I always wondered!
Nicky Badior - NSW Australia


Nicky, my dear. I am no longer a night owl. In the days when I was recording in England I was. We stayed up with a little help from our friends, recording and making havoc until the wee small.

Now, I like to read in bed until I fall asleep. Around midnight. I also sometimes stay in my little bedroom studio until the wee hours of the morning, especially recording "Piglet" which I lost all my inhibitions over and therefore the second hand of the clock. I guess it all varies. But no, I'm not a party-er.
Love, Carly - 12/15/03


Can you tell me what the meaning of the phrase "clouds in my coffee" has in the context of your song "You're So Vain"? I can't quite pin down the metaphor. What are the "clouds" in your coffee?
Samantha - Dearborn, MI


"Clouds in my coffee" are the confusing aspects of life and love. That which you can't see through, and yet seems alluring...until. Like a mirage that turns into a dry patch. Perhaps there is something in the bottom of the coffee cup that you could read if you could (like tea leaves or coffee grinds).
Carly Simon 5/17/01


Carly, I love reading your answers to these questions because it shows off your unique and wonderful sense of humor. With that in mind, could you tell us where you imagine that silly pest Gwen Carter would be in 2001?
Riley Binz - New Orleans, LA


My wonderful friend and colleague, Jake Brackman, wrote that lyric. It would be great to ask him. However, I picture Gwen in an even bigger bra and her rag dolls getting a work out from her grandchildren who respect them not at all.
Carly Simon - 11/10/01


Hi Carly! What was it like re-recording 'The Right Thing to Do' with Megan Mulally on the new 'Will & Grace' Soundtrack CD? I bought it yesterday & love it! This has always been one of my favorite Carly songs & it was so cool to hear this new version with lovely harmonies between you & Megan! How did this lovely duet come to be?
John Howton - Atlanta, GA


It was so much fun to record with Megan Mullally and Jimmy Jam is one of my favorite producers and what a darling he is. Megan is divine and boy can she sing!!!!!!

I totally loved the whole event except for the blouse I was wearing that day. I think it was a little 'not right'.
Love, Carly - 10/7/04


Hi Carly - My question is about a song called "We Have No Secrets". I know how it feels to get an answer to a question about one's intimate past that isn't what you want to hear. In your opinion, based on your experiences in relationships, do you feel that everything should be laid out on the table before a marriage, or since things are in the past, should they remain there to avoid confusion and pain? Your songs and your website are great, and for you to talk to your fans makes you the classiest celebrity anywhere.
Pete - New York, NY


It all depends on the two people involved in the relationship. Some experienced people of high consciousness can take lots of truth. Others who have been wounded and don't know the way around the pain, just can't take too much.

Also there is the issue of what IS the truth. The components of "Secrets" are usually so subjective that to examine them before the light of current relationships is excessive and not necessarily factual. Fiction has a way of gravy-ing up the past. This is not to say that LYING is allowed. Just mercy and discretion.
Love, Carly Simon - 11/8/01
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