I do like singing the sad songs. I always have, mostly because of the emotional impact that sorrowful ballads have on me. As a young man, I sang Gordon Lightfoot’s heart-wrenching hit from 1971, “If You Could Read My Mind”, over and over again. I had to share my love for this song.
"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 January 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 Billboard Easy Listening chart. The song was the first of four Lightfoot releases to reach number one. The song has been covered by many other artists, including Barbra Streisand, Don Williams, Johnny Cash, Duane Steele, Don McLean, Kalan Porter, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Olivia Newton-John, Liza Minnelli, Glen Campbell, Gene Clark, The Spotnicks, Aurora featuring Marcella Detroit, Amber, Gordon Haskell, Beckie Menzie, Dwight Yoakam, and Viola Wills. The covered version by The Spotnicks was adopted like an unofficial theme for the 1972 Summer Olympics.