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Song Released: 2007

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Read My Mind Lyrics

On the corner of main street
Just tryin' to keep it in line
You say you wanna move on and
You say I'm falling behind

Can you read my mind?
Can you read my mind?

I never really gave up on
Breakin' out of this two-star town
I got the...


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    Sep 14th, 2009 9:09pm report

    In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, lead singer Brandon Flowers explained that this started out as a B-side called "Little Angela." Andy Moulder and Flood (he has just one name), who produced the album, got into an argument over the song during recording. Says Flowers, "I heard Alan say, 'We're trying to make "Peggy Sue" into "With Or Without You,'" which came as a blow because he was basically saying my lyrics weren't good enough. So I started singing different melodies, and in 2 hours it was a whole new song. I think it's the best song we've ever written.

    so yup thts what the songs about but nice stories and intersting ways ppl per sieve a song


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    Aug 24th, 2009 8:58pm report

    this song is about a near break up...the girl's tired of him, and wants to move on, but he's going through all these memories that they shared etc and is trying to get her to feel the way he does about the situation - that they can move on together.
    ...he knows she's right and wants to get out of the town and escape the rut that he's fallen into...so he goes to her house to see if she's read his mind and wants to reignite their passion, not be scared, and start life anew with him.
    in the end, the beautiful "the stars are blazing..." line i think refers to them driving off together, with everything resolved and wonderful again :)


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    Jul 21st, 2009 7:59pm report

    i think that this is a song about a boy and a girl being best friends, but they actually like each other as more than friends, but neither knows how the other feels.

    then one day, the boy has to move to a place far away from the girl.

    and its about all the times they had together....good, bad, stupid, embarrassing.

    its about love, and how the girl is so overwhelmed that her best friend is really leaving her. she wants to tell him how she feels but cant bring herself to actually say anything, until she knows for sure he feels the same, but its killing her inside.

    she wants him to read her mind and tell her that he likes her, so things will end up the way their supposed to, happily ever after.


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    Jun 29th, 2009 6:36pm report

    I think this is about a couple in a long distance relationship.

    They have plans to be together in the future, but still don't decide who's moving... She thinks he's the one that has to make the call, but he can't decide what to do. He wants her to figure what he wants... Thous read his mind.

    He's really thinking he's not sure of staying where he is, he wants to move on to somewhere else, she's not sure he should move, so they fight about it. Still not saying everything is in their minds.

    Still they both think on being with the other one, it doesn't if it's not the perfect idea, because they could end up hurt (broken wrist)

    So get to a little agreement, they don't mind who's moving, just want to stay together and happy, so the girl is the one moving... The guy hasn't say everything and still wants to be the one moving.

    As it was "planned" The girl tries to move, and finds some difficulties, so she's sad because their plan is not working... which turns to be a sign to him for do what he really wants, so he arrives to her doorstep, and is sure everything is going to be great and feels its going to be magical. And hopes she thinks the same (and read his mind).

    She turns out to be immature, explosive and sad, because she is not convinced she wanted to stay, she was ready to move, to star over... She feels trapped and is looking for a way out.

    Anyway, the boy agrees she has to leave, she's not happy and he can't be happy neither. He don't wants her to go.

    Now he realizes that she never wanted this and just agreed to stay because of him, but she never said a thing, so she needs to ventilate the problem. Also he's ready follow her, so he can "breathe that fire again".

    She wants him to go with her, cause she can't be happy without him, so they finally really talk on what they want and need. After their talk they can finally rest their backs on each other.

    In the end... The couple is happy, because now they know what the other one thinks so they can read their minds.


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    May 25th, 2009 5:40pm report

    i believe it is about a guy and his girlfriend. I believe they are having troubles and she is about to commit suicide by jumping off of a tall building. When he says "woman open the door and let me in" she is the FBI holding people back and then he says "put your back on me" i believe he is saying don't jump, fall back into my arms. Just a different take from a 15 year old boy. Anyone agree?

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    Apr 25th, 2009 4:07pm report

    I thinkkkk he couple is between two people in the circus, because they refer to her breaking her arm on a trapeze, and him being a magician, when it says, " magic soaking my spine". I think the "read my mind" parts are supposed to be referring to a fortune teller, but between the couple because they feel the same about breaking up

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    Apr 13th, 2009 4:36pm report

    Ok so basically I think the song is about friends and life and having one thinking about moving away

    You say you wanna move on and
    You say I'm falling behind - the friend telling him that he wants to leave

    never really gave up on
    Breakin' out of this two-star town
    I got the green light
    I got a little fight
    I'm gonna turn this thing around - the singer deciding that his friend may be right

    The good old days, the honest man; - simple things in life that they enjoyed together

    The restless heart, the Promised Land - what lies ahead if they move on

    A subtle kiss that no one sees - gossip we have through our lives
    A broken wrist and a big trapeze- stupid ideas they had but were still fun

    Oh well I don't mind, if you don't mind - explaining their closeness

    Cause I don't shine if you don't shine - if he doesn't want to move on nieghther will he

    Before you go, can you read my mind? - trying to tell him that he wants to stay

    It’s funny how you just break down
    Waitin' on some sign - still decideing on wether or not to leave and waiting for a sign to tell

    I pull up to the front of your driveway
    With magic soakin' my spine- talking about getting drunk or high with each other

    The teenage queen - prom queen
    the loaded gun- suicide threats
    The drop dead dream - the dreams we have
    the Chosen One - the one we actually follow
    A southern drawl,- idk
    a world unseen - as kids we played with imagination
    A city wall and a trampoline - stupid ideas to have fun


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    Feb 10th, 2009 2:15am report

    This is basically about the conflict of Brandon's mormon religion with his, and his girlfriend's sexual relationship. His girlfriend wants to move on to next base as it were. While he wants to as well, he is torn between his faith's stance on pre-marital sex and his belief that his girlfriend will leave him if he doesn't move on as well. She is not of a religious faith ( "you never returned that call" ie religious calling ).The song also highlights how society's approach to sex has changed over the years leading to the dilemma he faces.


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    Nov 25th, 2008 11:35pm report

    its about someone trying to beat a drug addiction. magic soaking your spine is drugs, and the song starts out on the corner of main street but the person is hopeful he'll be able to turn his life around with a little fight, but he probably never does because hey, i don't mind if you don't mind... if you see someone thats really drunk or on a lot of drugs, its easy to read their mind....

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    Sep 12th, 2008 9:42pm report

    Anon has a beautiful interpretation - if you feel it you know it. I can.


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    May 9th, 2008 5:16pm report

    I think they try to get back together in the end.

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    Feb 2nd, 2008 2:40am report

    You want to move on, I'm falling behind- Giving a feel for the situation a couple is in.

    never gave up on breaking out etc etc, green light might be referring to lime light or go light (meaning that he can move on from the position he's in life wise or relation ship wise--He hasn't given up on his dreams

    the restless heart, the promise land-- referring to things he can be doing.

    the drop dead dream.. a city wall a trampoline- trying to jump over the walls to move on.

    oh well, I don't mind if you don't mind-- meaning if we have to break then we have to break up

    she said I don't mind if I don't mind- meaning that she feels the same

    Can you read my mind- basically they are breaking up because its the best for both of them. or it might be mainly him because of his drive to do more.

    put your back on me, put your back on me,put your back on me-- from what I think, when she is putting her back on you it can mean like hugging someone from the back like how 2 people in love would. Sounds like they love each other but in the very end its bitter sweet that they have to break up for bigger reasons.


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    Jul 14th, 2007 7:41pm report

    The guys girlfriend wants to move on and he feels the same, but something in him doesn't want to let her go because he still loves her and he feels that they're so close that she can read his mind.


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    Jun 7th, 2007 6:48am report

    I think is about a guy about to commit suicide because his girl is going to break up with him, but he is hoping that she realizes that his life will end if she breaks up with him, that's why he is asking her to "read my mind"...


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    May 27th, 2007 5:23pm report

    I think this song is about a couple breaking up. The girl is making the actual call but the guy has been thinking of it all along. They both feel as though the other is holding them back. He's got a little fight left as he sings so I think his relationship has drained him of his life goals and dreams but this current situation is kicking him back into action, getting back to who he is and where he is going with his life. As the timing of the breakup is so in line with what he wants, I can see him pretending to be upset but thinking, Jeez, can you read my mind?! This is exactly what I wanted to happen!

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