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If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot

1971

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Top 40

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Lightfoot heeft gezegd dat zijn scheiding voor de inspiratie van de tekst heeft gezorgd. De song schreef zich als het ware vanzelf toen hij tijdens de zomer in een leegstaand huis in Toronto woonde.
De song is gezet in majeur en maakt gebruik van subtonische akkoorden.

Trivia

Wist je dat? Het nummer "If You Could Read My Mind" werd gebruikt als muziek in de film 54, uit 1998, over de bekende discotheek Studio 54: "If You Could Read My Mind" was het favoriete nummer van de filmacteur John Holmes. Het werd gebruikt aan het eind van zijn biografische film Wonderland uit 2003.

Dit lied werd gecoverd door Viola Wills: If You Could Read My Mind - Special U.S. Disco-Mix bereikte in 1981 een 3e plaats in de Top 40.
A-kant Titel

If You Could Read My Mind

A-kant Lengte

3:48

A-kant Componist(en)

Gordon Lightfoot

A-kant Producer(s)

Lenny Waronker, Joe Wissert

B-kant titel

Poor Little Allison

B-kant lengte

2:30

B-kant componist(en)

Gordon Lightfoot

B-kant producer(s)

Lenny Waronker, Joe Wissert

Platenlabel

Reprise

Catalogusnr

REP-14.069

Hoogste positie UK

30

Hoogste positie US

5

Album

If You Could Read My Mind

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Songtekst

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I'm a ghost that you can't see
If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take

I'd walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script
Enter number two
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me
But for now love, let's be real
* I never thought I could ACT this way *
And I've got to say that I just don't get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
But stories always end
And if you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just tryin' to understand
The feelin's that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got to say that I just don't get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back

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