Johnny Cash - If You Could Read My Mind Lyrics

Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways cover art
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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 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 feelin's gone
And I just can't get it back!
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Help Me
  • 2 God's Gonna Cut You Down
  • 3 Like the 309
  • 4 If You Could Read My Mind
  • 5 Further On up the Road
  • 6 On the Evening Train
  • 7 I Came to Believe
  • 8 Love's Been Good to Me
  • 9 A Legend in My Time
  • 10 Rose of My Heart
  • 11 Four Strong Winds
  • 12 I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Gordon Lightfoot
    album: Track 4 in album American V: A Hundred Highways
    release date: 2006-6-30
    popularity : 113 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:30
    producer: Rick Rubin
    mixer: David Ferguson and Greg Fidelman
    recorded by: David Ferguson
    assistant mixer: Paul Fig and Dan Leffler
    assistant recorded by: Jimmy Tittle
    associate producer: John Carter Cash
    composer: Gordon Lightfoot
    lyricist: Gordon Lightfoot
    Album Information
    label: American Recordings
    country(area): Europe
    format: CD
    barcode: 0602498626962
    script: Latin