Saturday, March 23, 2013

50 Days, 50 Songs to the 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Concert

Day 44

This is probably one of Gordon Lightfoot’s best known songs. While Canadian fans had known and appreciated his music for a long time, this was the first song to break into the top ten. If you were around in the early 1970s, it’s the song that probably introduced you to Gordon Lightfoot. It’s a song about love that changes and feelings that have gone. A little sad, a little wistful, and even this many years later, if you’re a fan, you never tire of hearing it.

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 read the part where the heartache comes

The hero would be me

But heroes often fail.

If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot

1 comment:

Connie Bretes said...

The story I heard was that it was written at about the time he divorced from his first wife. There was a line "the feelings that you lack" that was taken out and replaced. His daughter Ingrid brought it to his attention and he changed it. This is one of those songs that he sings at every concert.