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Gordon Lightfoot - IF YOU CAN READ MY MIND


Music means a lot to me. It can easily express emotions, feelings, and states. It is an integral part of my life and there are many situations where listening to music helps me to focus better, create, or maybe just fall asleep faster.


I myself am a lifelong fan of Queen, but I'm not very dedicated. I like all sorts of music. I also really like to think about the content of the words, because putting words to music can be very difficult. Unfortunately, nowadays you can make a hit even if the lyrics are completely stupid, which is a shame. It seems that everyone nowadays focuses only on the chorus and completely ignores the song's lyrics and message.


For today's article I have chosen my absolute top song sung by Gordon Lightfoot.


This Canadian singer-songwriter sadly passed away on May 1, 2023 at the age of 84. His songs have been recorded by dozens of stars such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. His greatest hits are considered to be If you could read my mind, Carefree highway, Rainy day people, Early morning rain and The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame.


But I also chose this song because it has its own Czech version, also with interesting lyrics.


As a bonus you can listen to modern version which was played in fantastic movie Studio 54.


You can check both version with lyrics below.


Enjoy


Vashek



Lyrics:

If you could read my mind, love

What a tale my 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, 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 drugstore sells

When you reach the part where the heartaches come

The hero would be me

But heroes 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 movie 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 feeling's gone and I just can't get it back.


If you could read my mind, love

What a tale my 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 trying to understand

The feelings that you lack.


I never thought I could feel 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 feeling's gone

And I just can't get it back



Czech version by František Nedvěd



Lyrics:

When I read in your eyes in the morning

Am I a hundred or a hundred and first?

I'm afraid that love will end

♪ I'm afraid it'll last ♪

Then a voice from above will call

And the trumpeter blows his trumpet: Forward

And the years go back

♪ Suddenly it's like you and me ♪

♪ Wild and wonderful nineteen years ♪

When I read in your eyes at night

My only love

♪ When the spark doesn't skip a beat ♪

And falls into your lap

♪ Then a voice from above will call again ♪

♪ I'll swing my sword now ♪

Like Zorro to his son-in-law

Suddenly I'm as well as you

♪ Wild nineteen years old ♪

When the night falls silent and you fall asleep

♪ The moment before the morning ♪

I want to be your Cyrano

And Hamlet and Romeo

And maybe even d'Artagnan

♪ D'Artagnan to be ♪

♪ Under your mane the dream rises ♪

Pierot and Colombine

On the pillow you snooze

For nineteen wild and beautiful years

When running becomes walking

And the walk becomes a step and a step

Waiting for the touch of the muse

Like a stallion for a meal

But the voice from above does not command

Now the world has stopped

Now the world has stopped

No one dreams

That you have eyes like wild honey

♪ Like forest honey ♪

You look at me funny

♪ Wrapped in your shirt ♪

♪ I'm gonna be like you and me again ♪

♪ Wild nineteen years ♪


And here is Studio 54 version





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