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Something On Your Mind
Karen Dalton Lyrics


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Yesterday, any way you made it was just fine
So you turned your days into night-time
Didn't you know, you can't make it without ever even trying?
And something's on your mind, isn't it?

Let these times show you that you're breaking up the lines
Leaving all your dreams too far behind
Didn't you see, you can't make it without ever even trying?
And something's on your mind

Maybe another day you'll want to feel another way, you can't stop crying
You haven't got a thing to say, you feel you want to run away
There's no use trying, anyway
I've seen the writing on the wall
Who cannot maintain will always fall
Well, you know, you can't make it without ever even trying

Something's on your mind, isn't it?
Tell the truth now, isn't it?
Something's on your mind, isn't it?

Something's on your mind

Overall Meaning

Karen Dalton's "Something On Your Mind" is a soulful and introspective ballad with lyrics that touch on themes of self-reflection and moving forward. The singer urges the listener to face their innermost thoughts and emotions, to confront their fears and doubts, and to take action in order to better their lives. The opening lines suggesting that any way you made it was fine, means that the addressee found ways to get through everyday but eventually found themselves lost in their thoughts as reflected in the line "Something's on your mind, isn't it?"


The song implies that the listener has been living in a state of stagnation or complacency, and that it's time to take meaningful steps towards fulfilling their dreams. The lyrics warn that without trying, there's no hope of success and the addressee is reminded that seeing the writing on the wall is proof that they need to make a change. Dalton's haunting voice adds a layer of raw emotion to the already vulnerable lyrics, creating a sense of urgency and sincerity.


Line by Line Meaning

Yesterday, any way you made it was just fine
No matter what you did yesterday, you were fine with it


So you turned your days into night-time
You spend your days being unproductive and careless


Didn't you know, you can't make it without ever even trying?
Making progress requires effort and dedication


And something's on your mind, isn't it?
You're troubled and preoccupied with something


Let these times show you that you're breaking up the lines
These times expose that you're ignoring your goals


Leaving all your dreams too far behind
You've abandoned your aspirations


Didn't you see, you can't make it without ever even trying?
You can't succeed without working for it


And something's on your mind
You are deeply concerned


Maybe another day you'll want to feel another way, you can't stop crying
You may crave for change and feel emotional about it


You haven't got a thing to say, you feel you want to run away
You're speechless and want to escape from reality


There's no use trying, anyway
You think it's not worth trying


I've seen the writing on the wall
I know what's coming soon or possible outcomes


Who cannot maintain will always fall
Those who can't keep going, will fail


Well, you know, you can't make it without ever even trying
Making progress requires effort and discipline


Something's on your mind, isn't it?
You're deeply thinking or worrying about something


Tell the truth now, isn't it?
Be honest with yourself, what's bothering you?


Something's on your mind, isn't it?
What's troubling you?




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Dino Valenti

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Atomic_cat_69

LYRICS

Yesterday, any way you made it was just fine
So you turned your days into night-time
Didn't you know, you can't make it without ever even trying?
And something's on your mind, isn't it?
Let these times show you that you're breaking up the lines
Leaving all your dreams too far behind
Didn't you see, you can't make it without ever even trying?
And something's on your mind
Maybe another day you'll want to feel another way, you can't stop crying
You haven't got a thing to say, you feel you want to run away
There's no use trying, anyway
I've seen the writing on the wall
Who cannot maintain will always fall
Well, you know, you can't make it without ever even trying
Something's on your mind, isn't it?
Tell the truth now, isn't it?
Something's on your mind, isn't it?
Something's on your mind



All comments from YouTube:

@ailujd

My son puts together songs for me every once in awhile and the latest playlist included this, what a gift.

@gregjohnson1247

This comment is a little slice of joy, thank you for sharing ☺️

@TheresaLyonhart

Your son is very much in tune with his spirituality. Be proud, mom. You done good.

@ailujd

@@TheresaLyonhart
Aww thanks for that.
I'm fortunate to have him for my son.
I didn't do anything special - just gave him my love and attention.

@AndySalinger33

ailujd, your son is a direct reflection of you and your goodness. Your comment lifted my spirits. And my spirits certainly needed lifting. Take care.

@ailujd

@@AndySalinger33
How sweet of you to reply.
You know, there's always someone out there lifting ones spirits.
Happy I'm one of them.
You take care as well.
🦋

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@Broonzied

1971 was an incredible year for great songs, and this little gem gets into my top 10 for the year.

@jamesbailey4798

The Serpent brought me here

Beautiful song

@wmmatthw

There's nothing in the safe! And it's raining cats and dogs. That was a tough day for Cloggy.

@cheayunju

That's where I heard it first too. Kinda surprised because I was bombarded with hippy folk and rock tracks from my friend's dad's album collection as a child. (we dated a bit once we teened up, but some loves are not romantic.)
It kinda reminded me of Put up a Parking Lot in vocal tone and rhythm but way deeper. I dig that song. It makes you feel like a fool, and suits the program well.

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