RETRO OF THE DAY: GORDON LIGHTFOOT

RETRO OF THE DAY: GORDON LIGHTFOOT

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.

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 Singles1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary1
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening1
U.S. Billboard Hot 1005
New Zealand Singles Chart19
Australian Go-Set Chart[5]28
U.K. Singles Chart30

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