Cover vs. Original

If You Could Read My Mind


While the original was great, Cash's version is just as good if not better.

- Pete, Glen Wild, United States, 30.07.2007


Johnny Cash
2006

vs.

Gordon Lightfoot
1970

CD-Cover: Johnny Cash - American V (A Hundred Highways) 47.7 % 52.3 % CD-Cover: Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Johnny Cash 495 Votes Gordon Lightfoot

Comments about If You Could Read My Mind:

Both men are legends, but no one can sing this particular song as well as Gordon Lightfoot - and many have tried!
- GuitarSam, Halifax, Canada, 09.04.2010
Cash's verion is WAY more meaningful. He just has a way of getting to you. His voice makes it seem so much more (for lack of a better term) pitiful too, but in a good way, because it works with the song.
- Ethan, Stillwater, United States, 09.06.2009
Gordon. Easily.
- David, Lexington, United States, 06.04.2009
The feeling that Cash infuses this song with is quite remarkable, but having lived with the Lightfoot original...and played it a thousand times or more to get me through a rough break-up...my ears, heart, and head are Gordon's.
- Claudia, San Francisco, United States, 03.07.2008
If Johnny wasn't near death when he did it, he would have won it easily. But I think he still won because he can identify with the song the most and can express it, even if it's an old man's voice.
- Shawn, Bessemer, United States, 13.03.2008
Can't compare the two. Johnny is WAY overmatched.
- George, Cambridge, Canada, 11.12.2007
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