Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A friend's son posted the attached cartoon on his Facebook page. I responded:
"GAVOTTE--the best of both worlds!"
I knew that his mother would appreciate it because she and I have shared how we love the line in Carly Simon's song You're So Vain:
"You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte."
After writing two BLOG articles about misunderstood song lyrics (see "MONDEGREEN" and "MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK"), several people told me that they thought that the line was:
"As you watched yourself go by it!"
There has been much speculation that the song is about Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger, but Carly has always refused to divulge the information. At a charity auction, Dick Ebersol paid $50,000 for Carly to whisper in his ear the identity of the subject of the song. Ebersol never revealed the name either.
gavotte: "a medium paced French dance, popular in the 18th century, marked by raising, rather than sliding, the feet.
My friend commented, "Don't you just love her rhyming gavotte with yacht and apricot?"