"If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot cover)" as written by and 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.
When you reached 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 feeling'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'll know that I'm just tryin' to understand
The feelings 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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"If You Could Read My Mind" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General Commentwhat can i say? Cash's version is deeper than any other artists redition of this song. I have to give props to Gordon Lightfoot for coming up with such beautiful lyrics. Being one of Johnny's last recordings, his voice is so rough and the sorrow is conyed in a way that reflects everything in his life. You can hear the heartbreak and the tears in his words. Not to mention the beauty in the simple guitar.

    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 would imagine this was recorded after June's death, in which case I feel as if he's singing like losing her was his fault, a feeling commonly associated with heartbreak.

    great song.
    Drucker Truckeron July 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a voice from beyond the grave... I hold this one dear to my heart. He tailored the song to fit his relationship with his first wife. But the funny thing is, he didn't have to change any words.
    spitlordon July 01, 2009   Link

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