If You Could Read My Mind

written by Gordon Lightfoot

 

Greg Douglas           guitar
Bret Bloomfield        bass
David Ozzie Ahlers     keyboards
Andy Kandanes          drums



A
If you could read my mind, love,
Em
What a tale my thoughts would tell.
A
Just like an old time movie
Em
Bout a ghost from a wishin' well.
A           A7            D
In a castle dark... or a fortress strong
      E             F#m
With chains upon my feet
    D                  A
You know that ghost is me.
D                A
And I will never be set free
D                 E                   A
As long as I'm a ghost that you can't see.
A
If I could read your mind, love,
Em
What a tale your thoughts would tell.
A
Just like a paper-back novel...
Em
The kind that drug stores sell.
A                  A7             D
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
     E            F#m
The hero would be me...
    D           A
And heros often fail
    D                   A
And you won't read that book again
D                    E               A 
Because the ending's just too hard to take.
A7                 D
I walk away like a movie star
         E                      F#m
Who gets burned in a three-way script...
D     A
Enter number two
  D              A
A movie queen to plays the scene 
   D                E                  F#m                       
Of bringing all the good things out in me.
        D                  A
But for now. love, lets be real. 
  D                     A
I never thought I could act this way
         D
And I've got to say
       E
That I just don't get it.
D                  A
I don't know where we went wrong
        D
But the feeling's gone
      E                  A
And I just can't get it back
A
If you could read my mind, love
Em
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
A
Just like an old time movie
Em
Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
A           A7           D
In a castle dark... or a fortress strong
      E             F#m
With chains upon my feet...
    D                      A
And stories always have an end.
D            A
If you read between the line
D                 E              F#m
You know I'm just trying to understand
    D                  A
The feelings that you lack
D                       A
I never thought I could act this way
         D                 E
And I've got to say that I just don't get it.
D                  A
I don't know where we went wrong
        D
But the feeling's gone
      E                
And I just can't get it 
D                     A
Never thought I could act this way.
         D                  E
And I've got to say that I just don't get it.
D                  A
I don't know where we went wrong
        D
But the feeling's gone
      E                 A
And I just can't get it back

 

 

From Gene Clark "Firebyrd"'