Music Monday asks “If You Could Read My Mind”

Canada celebrated its 150th birthday two days ago on July 1st. Fifty years ago for the Centennial, the great Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot performed at the celebration.

He did so again this Canada Day and sung one of my favourites from his vast repertoire.

Lightfoot said his divorce inspired the lyrics for this song. The second verse always brings tears to my eyes.

… If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drugstores sell
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 ending’s just to hard to take …

Have a great week, and to my American family and friends … Happy 4th of July!



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10 responses to “Music Monday asks “If You Could Read My Mind”

  1. Lightfoot has always been one of my favorites, an inspiration in my musician wannabe days.

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  2. Anonymous

    Grew up listening to Gordon Lightfoot. He is a great musician and wonderful story teller. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh wow, I haven’t heard this in ages! It’s weird, when I listen to a song, I listen to the music first before attempting to figure out the lyrics.

    “And you won’t read that book again
    Because the ending’s just to hard to take”

    oh my – he says so much in those 2 lines!

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  4. I wasn’t on the Hill for the occasion- never do on Canada Day, instead I do museums and the gallery that day.

    I did go to a concert at the National Arts Centre, a mix of classical and vocal music. A blues singer, Dione Taylor, sang Hallelujah and Oscar Peterson’s Hymn To Freedom.

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  5. I watched a lot of it on TV while up at the cottage. It looked like a fun celebration despite the crowds. Just happy that it all went off safely without any incident. Sounds like you had a good time too. 🙂


  6. I haven’t heard this song in ages! This is one of the many reasons I love your blog, I hear these great songs again. Hope you had a wonderful Canada day!

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