Single Review: Janet Jackson & Carly Simon “Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)”

Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)
Album: All For You
Year: 2002

After a breakup, some people will write long letters, cussing the person out and demanding know what happened. But they never send it. If you’re a Jackson, you write a song about it and include it on the following album.

“Son Of A Gun” begins with the profane taunt “Ha ha/Hoo hoo/Greedy motherf****** try to have their cake and eat it, too.” Then in an odd twist, Carly Simon starts speaking song lyrics. Finally, Janet breaks into the first verse, in which she sings about her cheating husband, Rene Elizondo. She calls him a “baby gigolo – sex pistol/hollerin’ at everything that walks.” She’s upset and resentful throughout. However, the hateful lyrics are one-sided. Apparently she didn’t a play a role in the breakup. She’s an innocent in all this then, huh? By the second verse, the constant swearing wears thin. If she’s not swearing, she’s threatening her ex-husband with lyrics like “I’m gonna make you suffer/you stupid motherf*****”

Sampling Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” worked really well on the “Velvet Rope.” However, here she samples Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” and includes Simon. Simon’s nonsensical ramblings are out of place. Her part should’ve been left only to the chorus.

Instead of venting her frustration on the public, she should’ve listened to the final cut rationally and decided her feelings would be better left exploring with a therapist. Like that letter a person never sends, “Son Of A Gun” should never have been released.


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