Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

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If You Could Read My Mind

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 will I never be set free
as long as I'm a ghost you can't see

CHORUS: 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 reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
You won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take

I walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three-way script
Enter number 2
A movie queen to play the scene
'Bout bringing out 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 gotta 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

CHORUS: If you 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
The stories always end
If you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feeling that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got 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








songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1970 by Gordon Lightfoot

Born in Orillia, Ontario, in 1938, Gordon Lightfoot is regarded as a national treasure in the realm of Canadian music. His songwriting in music such as The Canadian Railway Trilogy reflects our unique cultural identity in its history, solitude and humility; as well, our deep connection to Nature as citizens of the True North. Legend, Bob Dylan, called Lightfoot "the Pavarotti of folksingers."

Gordon Lightfoot found his musical path early in life. As a youth, Lightfoot began singing in a choir which encouraged emotion and confidence in his young voice. As a teenager, he learned to play the piano and later, he taught himself to play drums and other percussive instruments. Playing the guitar was soon added to his many natural talents. Later, he moved to California where he studied jazz and orchestraton for two years and jammed with many American luminaries in the folk and jazz genres.

Lightfoot returned to Canada in 1960 and began his professional singing career with various groups; as well, developing a talent for songwriting. His first big hits as a songwriter came for the group, Peter, Paul and Mary in "In the Early Morning Rain" and "For Lovin' Me". He went on to write hit songs for other well-known artists.

Between 1965 and 1969, Lightfoot recorded his own songs which consistently placed in Canada's Top 40. Then, in 1970, he recorded his greatest commercial success---"If You Could Read My Mind."

The song was summoned from the wreckage of a marriage and remembrances of the Magic Castle in Hollywood. At the time, the castle was actually a night club where he could find some comfort in "movie queens" from the ball and chain of his failing marriage.

Lightfoot recalls that the song was written as if channeled---the words just seemed to fall onto the page in a space of three hours. From these spectral beginnings, it sat on an album for eight months before an agent from Reprise Records saw the potential in it as a single. The song went on to become Lightfoot's greatest commercial hit.

Gordon Lightfoot's awards and honours are numerous: sixteen Juno Awards; ASCAP awards for songwriting; five nominations for Grammy Awards; and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he was made Companion of the Order of Canada, citizenry's highest honour. In addition, Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.


























If You Could Read My Mind

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 will I never be set free
as long as I'm a ghost you can't see

CHORUS: 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 reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
You won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take

I walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three-way script
Enter number 2
A movie queen to play the scene
'Bout bringing out 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 gotta 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

CHORUS: If you 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
The stories always end
If you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feeling that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got 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








songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1970 by Gordon Lightfoot

Born in Orillia, Ontario, in 1938, Gordon Lightfoot is regarded as a national treasure in the realm of Canadian music. His songwriting in music such as The Canadian Railway Trilogy reflects our unique cultural identity in its history, solitude and humility; as well, our deep connection to Nature as citizens of the True North. Legend, Bob Dylan, called Lightfoot "the Pavarotti of folksingers."

Gordon Lightfoot found his musical path early in life. As a youth, Lightfoot began singing in a choir which encouraged emotion and confidence in his young voice. As a teenager, he learned to play the piano and later, he taught himself to play drums and other percussive instruments. Playing the guitar was soon added to his many natural talents. Later, he moved to California where he studied jazz and orchestraton for two years and jammed with many American luminaries in the folk and jazz genres.

Lightfoot returned to Canada in 1960 and began his professional singing career with various groups; as well, developing a talent for songwriting. His first big hits as a songwriter came for the group, Peter, Paul and Mary in "In the Early Morning Rain" and "For Lovin' Me". He went on to write hit songs for other well-known artists.

Between 1965 and 1969, Lightfoot recorded his own songs which consistently placed in Canada's Top 40. Then, in 1970, he recorded his greatest commercial success---"If You Could Read My Mind."

The song was summoned from the wreckage of a marriage and remembrances of the Magic Castle in Hollywood. At the time, the castle was actually a night club where he could find some comfort in "movie queens" from the ball and chain of his failing marriage.

Lightfoot recalls that the song was written as if channeled---the words just seemed to fall onto the page in a space of three hours. From these spectral beginnings, it sat on an album for eight months before an agent from Reprise Records saw the potential in it as a single. The song went on to become Lightfoot's greatest commercial hit.

Gordon Lightfoot's awards and honours are numerous: sixteen Juno Awards; ASCAP awards for songwriting; five nominations for Grammy Awards; and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he was made Companion of the Order of Canada, citizenry's highest honour. In addition, Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.


























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Quiz #: 2875
If you could read my mind, you'd think this must be one of Gordon Lightfoot at his best
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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