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"If You Could Read My Mind"

(As recorded by Gordon Lightfoot)
GORDON LIGHTFOOT

If you could read my mind, love
What a tale your 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
Then you reached the part, where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heros 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 move 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 feelin's gone and I just can't get it back

If you could read my mind, love
What a tale your 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 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 feelin's gone and I just can't get it back

(c) Copyright 1969 & 1970 by Early Morning Music. All Rights Reserved,
including public performance for profit.

- "Solo Trips" songbook, Warner Bros. Music., 488 Madison Ave. New York, New York.

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