"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. Lightfoot has cited his divorce for inspiring the lyrics, saying they came to him as he was sitting in a vacant Toronto house one summer.
This song first appeared on Lightfoot's 1970 album Sit Down Young Stranger. The success of the single led Lightfoot's label, Reprise Records, to retitle the album after the song. The song also reached number one for one week on the BillboardEasy Listening chart, and was the first of four Lightfoot releases to reach number one.
Canadian singer Connie Kaldor recorded the song on the Gordon Lightfoot tribute album "Beautiful. A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot" in 2003. Canadian musician Neil Young released a cover of this song on his 2014 album A Letter Home.
It has also been used in motion pictures and television shows, including: