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If You Could Read My Mind Tab

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If You Could Read My Mind
by Gordon Lightfoot

Arranged for a single guitar by Baddguitar   v1.1
Capo = 2 to play with song

The recorded version of this song contains two main guitars and a 
string section.  This tab is for a single guitar and a singer.

[Chords]
G     320003     G7    32300x     Dm6/F 1x020x     C     X32010  
D     X00232     Em    022000     G/B   X2003x     Am7   X02030
 
 [INTRO] and fill [Riff #1]
   G                                 G                               
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-----0-----0---2-----2-----2-4-0-|-----0-----0---2-----2-----2-4-0-|
D|---0-----0---0-----0-----0-------|---0-----0---0-----0-----0-------|
A|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E|-3-----3---------3-----3---------|-3-----3---------3-----3---------|

[Verse]
   G                          Dm6/F                            
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------3-----------0---------------0--------|
G|-----0-----0--2---0-2/4---4\2---2-----2---2-----2--------0-0-|
D|---0-----0--------------------0---------0-----0------0-2-----|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3-----3--------3-----3-----1-----1---------1-----1----------|

 [Fill #2]          [Fill #3]
   G                  G                               Dm6/F  
e|--------------3--||---------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----0-----------||-----------------------------------------------------0---|
G|---0---0--2/4----||-----0-------2--0-----0------7-7-7\5-5-5-5\4-4-4-4\2---0-|
D|-----------------||---0---0---4------0h2--------------------------------0---|
A|-----------------||-----------------------------8-8-8\7-7-7-7\5-5-5-5\3---2-|
E|-3---------------||-3------3-----3----------1-------------------------------|

[Verse]
G                               Dm6/F
If you could read my mind love, what a tale my thoughts could tell
G                               Dm6/F
Just like an old time movie    'bout a ghost from a wishin' well
G           G7        C                     D                   Em
In a castle dark or a fortress strong  with chains upon my feet
    C                  G  [Fill #2]
You know that ghost is me
    C            G/B            Am7           D                    G
And I will never be set free as long as I'm a ghost that you can't see

[Riff #1]  G

G                                Dm6/F
If I could read your mind love,  what a tale your thoughts could tell
G                                Dm6/F
Just like a paperback novel      the kind that drugstores sell
G                  G7             C                   D             Em
When you reach the part where the heartaches come the hero would be me
    C            G   [Fill #2]
But heroes often fail
    C                   G/B        Am7                  D                G
And you won't read that book again because the ending's just too hard to take

[Fill #3] G      Dm6/F   G      Dm6/F [Fill #3]

G        G7          C                   D                     Em
I'd walk away like a movie star who gets burned in a three way script
C            G   [Fill #2]
Enter number two
  C              G/B               Am7              D                  Em
A movie queen to play the scene of bringing all the good things out in me
C                          G   [Fill #2]
But for now love, let's be real
  C                     G/B                   Am7               D
I never thought I could act this way and I've got to say that I just don't get it
  C                G/B                   Am7                 D                G
I don't know where we went wrong but the feelin's gone and I just can't get it back

G (Riff #1)

G                                 Dm6/F
If you could read my mind love,   what a tale my thoughts could tell
G                              Dm6/F
Just like an old time movie   'bout a ghost from a wishin' well
G           G7        C                    D              Em
In a castle dark or a fortress strong with chains upon my feet
    C              G   [Fill #2]
But stories always end
    C           G/B                      Am7                D              Em
And if you read between the lines you'll know that I'm just tryin' to understand
    C                 G   [Fill #2]
The feelin's that you lack
  C                     G/B                    Am7               D
I never thought I could feel this way and I've got to say that I just don't get it
C                  G/B                   Am7                 D                 G  
I don't know where we went wrong but the feelin's gone And I just can't get it back

 [Ending]
   G                               Dm6/F                (rit.)     G     
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------3---|
B|---------------------------------0-------0-------0---------------0---|
G|-----0-------2--0-----0------------------------------------------0---|
D|---0---0---4------0h2--------3-3-3\2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0---0-----------0---|
A|---------------------------------------------------3---3-3-2-2-0-2---|
E|-3------3-----3----------1-------------------------------------------|
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Graybeard20 10 wrote on April 16 2011, 10:50 am

Pretty good tab.

I play the Dm6/F a little differently -- (1)x3201. To my ears playing the higher strings sounds more like the record once vocal starts. However, having that low F makes sense for the verse and fill sections.

Also, your Am7 is actually A7sus4, as it's diagrammed. It sounds like the correct voicing when I play it.

My last thought is about the G to G7 transition. The lyrics should be offset 1 space because the G chord starts before the lyrics come in.

These are nickel/dime things for sure.

Really nice job.

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