If You Could Read My Mind
Written by Gordon Lightfoot
Performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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 wishing 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 the drugstores sell.
Then you reached the part
Where the heartaches come
The hero would be me.
But heros 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 threeway script.
Enter number two:
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out of me.
But for now love let's be real.

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.

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 wishing 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'd 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.
This came out in fall of 1970 and was the first 45 I ever bought for myself.  I love the music to it, and really love the words.  The imagery of a ghost who cannot understand how he crossed from the realm of the living to the dead is a perfect analogy to the bewilderment and emptiness one feels when they suddenly finds themselves no longer in love with the person they've been with.
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