10 Songs That Are Secretly About Other Celebs
But sorry, still no word on 'You're So Vain' subject
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 1:16 PM CDT
In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Magistrates Court in Milton Keynes, England.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

(Newser) – Ever wondered who Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is really about? Join the club. Fortunately, there are at least nine other songs “secretly” written about someone famous whose identity has since been uncovered. From The Frisky:

  • Amy Winehouse: “Me and Mr. Jones” is supposedly about her unrequited love for rapper Nas; it refers to his daughter Destiny and his birthday, Sept. 14.
  • Madonna: “Miles Away” was inspired by now-ex-husband Guy Ritchie, she told Elle. She also once dedicated it to the “emotionally retarded.”

  • Alanis Morissette: You probably know that “You Oughta Know” is about Dave Coulier, aka Full House’s Uncle Joey. What you may not know is that he finally admitted it was about him and subsequently made amends with Alanis.
  • Trent Reznor: “Starf**kers Inc.” was supposedly about Tori Amos, with whom Reznor was rumored to have been in a relationship. Amos, in turn, wrote “She’s Your Cocaine” about Reznor’s relationship with Courtney Love.
For the complete list (and music videos!), including two lucky ladies who have two songs written about them, click here.

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wteff
Jul 27, 2010 8:28 PM CDT
i half expected another newser article based off Cracked.com ... though Frisky hardly any better
jessigrl
Jul 26, 2010 8:42 PM CDT
Joey of Full House was not "Uncle Joey", but simply a good buddy of Danny Tanner's. Just fyi. ;)
thebabbster
Jul 26, 2010 2:04 PM CDT
So, is "Why Can't She Get Hit By a Bus?" about Amy Winehouse?