You Were On My Mind

"You Were on My Mind" is a popular song written by Sylvia Fricker in 1962. It was originally performed by Fricker and her then husband-to-be Ian Tyson as the duo Ian & Sylvia and they recorded it for their 1964 album, Northern Journey.


You Were On My Mind (We Five)(WORD)
You Were On My Mind (We Five)(PDF)

You Were On My Mind (Ian & Sylvia)(WORD)
You Were On My Mind (Ian & Sylvia)(PDF)

Two versions are posted - the original Ian & Sylvia version (1964) and the We Five version (1965). You can play along with the Ian & Sylvia recording in GCEA tuning using the Ian & Sylvia songsheet, or you can play with the We Five recording in GCEA tuning, using the We Five songsheet and putting your capo on the 4th fret.

In 1965 "You Were on My Mind" was covered in an up-tempo version, with slightly altered lyrics and melody by the California pop quintet We Five. Their recording reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1965 and topped the Billboard easy listening chart for five weeks. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1965. The performance by We Five is noteworthy for the gradual buildup in intensity.

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