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Janet Jackson With Carly Simon

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“Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)” is a song by American singer Janet Jackson, featuring Carly Simon and (on the official remix) American rapper Missy Elliott. Released as the third single from Jackson’s seventh studio album, All for You (2001), the song was written and produced by Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis, and is built around a sample of 1972’s “You’re So Vain” by Simon, who also adds some new spoken parts into the song.

Like “You’re So Vain”, “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)” generated speculation of who exactly the man described in the song was. The song is actually about men that are after Jackson’s multimillion dollar fortune but some fans still believed that the song was about Jackson’s ex-husband René Elizondo, Jr. Simon created a similar controversy when she released “You’re So Vain” after she wed James Taylor. It was speculated to be about either Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty, among others. Like Simon, Jackson has never confirmed the identity of the man.

The song was remixed for release and features Missy Elliott and P. Diddy, peaking at number twenty-eight in the U.S. and becoming Jackson’s thirtieth top forty single. The song became the first single from Jackson to miss the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987’s “The Pleasure Principle”.

This song was only performed on the All for You Tour.

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