"Read My Mind" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
On the corner of main street
Just tryin' to keep it in line
You say you wanna move on, and
You say I'm falling behind

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

I never really gave up on
Breakin' out of this two-star town
I got the green light
I got a little fight
I'm gonna turn this thing around

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

The good old days, the honest man
The restless heart, the Promised Land
A subtle kiss that no one sees
A broken wrist and a big trapeze

Oh well, I don't mind, you don't mind
Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Before you go, can you read my mind?

It's funny how you just break down
Waiting on some sign
I pull up to the front of your driveway
With magic soaking my spine

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

The teenage queen, the loaded gun
The drop dead dream, the Chosen One
A southern drawl, the world unseen
A city wall and a trampoline

Oh well, I don't mind, you don't mind
'Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Before you jump
Tell me what you find
When you read my mind

Slipping in my faith until I fall
He never returned that call
Woman, open the door, don't let it sting
I wanna breathe that fire again

She said, I don't mind, you don't mind
Cause I don't shine if you don't shine
Put your back on me
Put your back on me
Put your back on me

The stars are blazing like rebel diamonds cut out of the sun
When you read my mind

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"Read My Mind" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    General CommentI think this song is about the images we apply to things that happen in our life--or the way we apply symbolism to memories we have: "Teenage queen," "A world unseen," etc. It's about a bunch of little events or things that are the building blocks for a memory: "never returned that call," "southern drawl." All these little things may bug him, or give him joy. But they all hold him back in one way--they keep him living in the past and not moving on--he's "falling behind." He's been wanting to break out of "this 2 star town" for a while--the prison of memories that are holding him back. Now, something has given him inspiration to make a change--he's got "the green light" and he can work towards moving on from all this stuff in his head. I think the title and the question "can you read my mind" symbolize how only he knows about what goes on in his head. Only he himself understands the deep symbolism and images that he keeps on returning to. No one else can read his mind and try to help him move on. No one can truly understand the pain he goes through when he remembers things--they don't really have a right to tell him to move on when they can't see what he sees. This theme of a one-man war echoes throughout the album, in my opinion

    I also like the images of the trapeze and the trampoline. Those compliment the circus imagery used in "This River is Wild" as well.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I see this whole album as a big story about an epic personal struggle. Looking at this song from that perspective, this song kind of imposes a deeply personal aspect to this whole "battle" that the speaker is going through--it could all be in his head.
    peacereaperon November 24, 2010   Link

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