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If You Could Read My Mind


Pertama kali Penulis mendengar lagu ini dinyanyikan oleh supergrup “Stars on 54” sebagai soundtrack dari film 54 (1998). Tidak pernah terbayang bahwa lagu ini adalah cover version dari penyanyi Kanada Gordon Lightfoot. Lagu ini adalah hit pertama Gordon di Amerika Serikat, menduduki posisi ke-5 di tangga lagu Billboard pada tahun 1970. Lagu yang liriknya diilhami kegagalan pernikahan penulisnya ini ternyata memiliki kemiripan dengan sebuah lagu inspiratif yang ditulis Michael Masser dan Linda Creed untuk film biopic Muhammad Ali, The Greatest (1977). Lagu itu berjudul The Greatest Love of All, yang dibawakan oleh George Benson, yang kemudian direkam ulang oleh Whitney Houston untuk album debutnya (1985). Di tahun 1987 Gordon Lightfoot mengajukan tuntutan hukum atas plagiarisme, sebelum menariknya kembali karena tidak ingin mengganggu perjalanan karier Whitney Houston.

If You Could Read My Mind
Written and Performed by Gordon Lightfoot

If you could read my mind love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie
About 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 that you can 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.
Heroes often fail.
And you won’t read that book again
Because the endings just to hard to take.

I 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 lets 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 feelings 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 about a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet the story always ends.
And if you read between the lines
You’ll know that I’m just trying to understand
The feeling that you left.

I never thought I could feel this way
And I got to say that I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feelings gone
And I just can’t get it back.

Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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