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If You Could Read My Mind” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. It reached number one on Canadian music charts and was his first recording to appear on the American music charts, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in February 1971. Later in the year it reached number 30 in the UK. The song also reached number one for one week on the BillboardEasy Listening chart,[1] and was the first of four Lightfoot releases to reach number one.

This song first appeared on Lightfoot’s 1970 album Sit Down Young Stranger, which was later renamed If You Could Read My Mind following the song’s success.

Lightfoot has cited his divorce for inspiring the lyrics,[2] saying they came to him as he was sitting in a vacant Toronto house one summer.[3]

The song is in A major and uses the subtonic chord

Chart performance

Chart (1970)

Peak
position

Canadian RPM Top Singles

1

Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary

1

U.S. Billboard Easy Listening

1

U.S. Billboard Hot 100

5

New Zealand Singles Chart

19

Australian Go-Set Chart[5]

28

U.K. Singles Chart

30




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