You're so vain,
you probably think this song is about you.
This always confused me because the song is about him, and surely him recognizing it as such wouldn't be a symptom of vanity so much as awareness of the identifying details in the song (apricot scarves, horses, etc.). (This is, of course, assuming that the identifying details are genuine and not made up -- if they are made up and he still recognizes the song as about him, that still strikes me as a kind of awareness, just not the same kind.)
However! I finally realized tonight that the trick lies in seeing that the song may be "about" him, but it is not "About" him. Capital-About. The song is About her hurt and pain after being abused by him, and her disgust at his own ego and self-importance. For him to miss all that and just think the song is about himself, his apricot scarf, his horse, his incredible awesomeness, and -- oh yeah -- some girl he dated, is to totally miss the forest for all those pretty trees.
Right? Please tell me I've finally cracked the code. It's been bugging me for years.
(I also don't understand "Come On Down To My Boat, Baby". Is she really "tied to the dock / and can't get free"?? I mean there's a line about "cut that rope", so... o.O)
OPEN THREAD BELOW! Which songs baffle you?