If You Could Read My Mind Lyrics

Don McLean


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Gordon Lightfoot
album: Track 1 in album Chain Lightning
release date: 1978
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length: 4:27

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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 that 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 drugstores sell.
When you reached 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 tryin' to understand
The feelin's 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 feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back!

Track Listing

  • 1 Words and Music
  • 2 Crying
  • 3 It's Just the Sun
  • 4 Lotta Lovin'
  • 5 Chain Lightning
  • 6 Your Cheatin' Heart
  • 7 Wonderful Night
  • 8 It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  • 9 Since I Don't Have You
  • 10 Genesis (In the Beginning)
  • 11 It's a Beautiful Life
  • 12 If You Could Read My Mind