Neil Young - If You Could Read My Mind Lyrics

Neil Young A Letter Home 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
About a ghost from a wishin' 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 endings just to 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 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

If you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feelings that you lack

I never knew 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 feelings gone and I just can't get it back
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 A Letter Home (intro)
  • 2 Changes
  • 3 Girl From the North Country
  • 4 Needle of Death
  • 5 Early Morning Rain
  • 6 Crazy
  • 7 Reason to Believe
  • 8 On the Road Again
  • 9 If You Could Read My Mind
  • 10 Since I Met You Baby
  • 11 My Hometown
  • 12 I Wonder If I Care as Much


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Gordon Lightfoot
    album: Track 9 in album A Letter Home
    release date: 2014-4-18
    popularity : 30 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country Rock/Folk Rock
    length: 4:04
    producer: Jack White and Neil Young
    engineer: Kevin Carrico and Joshua Smith
    recorded by: Joshua Smith
    additional recorded by: George Ingram
    assistant recorded by: Mindy Watts
    lead vocals: Neil Young
    acoustic guitar: Neil Young
    composer: Gordon Lightfoot
    lyricist: Gordon Lightfoot
    Album Information
    label: Reprise Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 858936003493
    script: Latin