May 17, 2008

Godel's Theme

OK, Carly Simon wrote the original Godel song: "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." But after 30 years, it's worth another go. Sure, it would have been easy to throw in a line like "This song is not about Kurt Godel", but I don't do easy. So I went back to Jimmy van Heusen for the melody, and doctored the Sammy Cahn lyric (one of his better efforts, and that's saying something). No apologies necessary, as Sammy made a very good living doctoring other folks' lyrics. Like everything those guys wrote together, the rhymes were tight and memorable, so it's a perfect vehicle for a parody.