If You Could Read My Mind — This Friday’s Song

This Friday’s song is “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot. The song was released in December 1970 on the album Sit Down You Stranger that was later renamed If You Could Read My Mind following the songs success as a single. This is one of Lightfoot’s most personal songs. He wrote it while he was going through a divorce from his first wife.

I was in my junior year at St. John’s Prep in Danvers , MA when this song was released. I was reading a lot of Faulkner and this song seemed like the perfect compliment.

I have picked two versions of the song to share. The first is the title cut from the 1970 album. The second is from a live performance when Gordon Lightfoot hosted The Midnight Special on February 22, 1974.

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