"What's on My Mind" as written by and Kerry A Livgren....
Well you told me
That I was just not the one
And you left me standing out in the cold
It's been a long time
And I'm so much better now
That I'm looking back and seeing it all

And for the first time
There's no pain in my life
It's been a long hard road that I've gone
We had a good thing
And it made me a man
And I know you got me going
Pardon me, my feelings are showing
I'm only saying
What's on my mind

Well I found you
Or maybe I found myself
And I think we knew it all of the time
We fit together
Just like a lock and a key
And we opened up each other's mind

Yeah I was laughing
'Cause there was no room to cry
There was too much growing to do
We had a good time
And it ain't over yet
'Cause I know you've got me going
Will you pardon me, my feelings are showing
I'm only saying

You came from nowhere
And you just jumped in my life
And I know it never will be the same
You made me love you
Now I'm home once again
No I never want to leave you nomore
'Cause I'm attached to the better half of myself
And there is nowhere else that I'd rather be
You feel same thing
You fixed a bad broken heart
Yes I know you've got me going
Pardon me my feelings are showing
I'm only saying what's on my mind

Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

"What's on My Mind" as written by Kerry A Livgren Kerry Livgren

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    General CommentLooking back on a failed relationship, and remembering all the feelings he felt during that time. This is one of their lesser-known songs, but also one of their more catchier ones. I love singing along while listening to it on vinyl on my mom's record player! ;)
    confinedinsanityon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song it sounded like he was singing "Pardon me, my penis is showing" listen to it again and you'll hear it.
    lifeson2112on January 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah, lol I heard it. Anyways it's a great rock song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExcellent rock song. It's about a theme that I haven't heard a lot of songs about; reflecting on a past relationship that failed. It seems like the relationship ending was pretty painful, but now the narrator realizes it was for the best and things are much better now.

    The last verse always confused me a little until I read the lyrics and understood that he is singing about home when he says, "I never want to leave you no more."

    Great song, and catchy, as someone pointed out.
    giordano1000on August 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYa its one of their best songs and their easiest to translate. It's just tsaying that you can learn alot from losing someone.
    Mindbreaker4228on October 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard K. Livgren explain this tune a long time ago on a radio interview.

    First verse is about a girl who dumped him.

    Second verse is about his long time (male) best friend.

    Third verse is about the woman he married.
    Audiophile65on February 27, 2008   Link

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