"If You Could Read My Mind" 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
About 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 you can see

If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind the drugstore sells
When you reach the part where the heartaches
Come the hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just to hard to take

I 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 lets 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 feelings 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 about a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
The story always ends
And if you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feeling that you left

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 feeling'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 Comment"And I will never be set free
    As long as I'm a ghost that you can't see"
    "And if you read between the lines
    You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
    The feelings that you lack
    I never thought I could feel this way
    And I've got to say that I just to get it
    I don't know where we went wrong
    But the feeling's gone
    And I just can't get it back "


    I think these are the most telling lines. I think this song is about someone he is very much in love with and its all of a sudden falling apart. he feels like a ghost to her, she's not seeing him the way she used to and he'll never be set free again until she sees him again. Also he's saying he's never felt this way about anyone before and he's trying to understand how she lost the love for him and how to get it back. Its like his final acceptance of a love lost.
    littlewingon July 27, 2006   Link

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