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, 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 drugstore sells
When you reach 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 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 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


Lyrics submitted by karnasaur, edited by rb3868, MuddyG, 42 steps

"If You Could Read My Mind" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentDON'T READ ANY OF THESE POSTS!!!

    Do not let the ideas of others adulterate YOUR OWN interpretation of this song!!!

    Once you read someone else's ideas on this song - those ideas infect your own ideas about it. This is one song that should remain between you, your feelings, your history, and Gordon. Don't let anyone else creep in on it.

    If you don't understand the lyrics, then use a dictionary, word by word. Don't come here and let these people tarnish your own special feelings for this very special, one-of-a-kind song.
    tsreybon March 13, 2008   Link

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