Perhaps it's the color of the sun cut flat
An' cov'rin' the crossroads I'm standing at,
Or maybe it's the weather or something like that,
But mama, you been on my mind.

I don't mean trouble, please don't put me down, don’t get upset,
I am not pleading or saying that "I can't forget you."
I do not pace the floor bowed down and bent, but yet,
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my eyes is hazy and my thoughts they might be narrow,
Where you been don't bother me or bring me down in sorrow.
I don't even mind who you'll be waking with tomorrow,
But mama, you're just on my mind.

I am not askin' you to say words like "yes" or "no,"
Please understand me, I have no place I’m callin’ you to go.
I'm just whispering to myself so I can pretend that I don't know,
Mama, you been on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin' and look inside your mirror,
You know I won't be next to you, no, I won't be near.
I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.

Lyrics submitted by ohpioneer

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    General CommentI can't stand Bob Dylans voice, but he wrote really good songs. Without Jeff, I wouldn't have found that out. This song is beautiful.
    Maliejandraon June 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think he he's lying to himself. He does pace the floor with his head bent. He does mind who she wakes with tomorrow. How would those thoughts cross his mind if they weren't true? Why would he write the song? She's not just on his mind, he can't get her out of his mind. Of course, I'm going thru that right now. I want to quit her, I know she's not right for me, but I can't move on. This song is hitting home with me, along with Last Goodbye and Lover You Should've Come Over.
    kbs75on June 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so sweet.
    productofthe80son July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta great bob dylan cover, with it's meaning being very clear:a woman he cares for that is on his mind.
    theorgangrinderon October 03, 2006   Link
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    My Opinionbeautiful.
    cheerscatboyon April 26, 2009   Link

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