It became an international success in 1971 and stormed into the Billboard charts Top 10. For a man that had written the entire If You Could Read My Mind album in an empty house, working seven days a week, 12 hours a day for an entire month, the success was well deserved. Lightfoot’s tireless dedication paid off when the recording yielded the best sales numbers of his career to that point – 350,000 albums sold and 750,000 singles of If You Could Read My Mind sold – and catapulted him onto the international scene. In 1975, Lightfoot re-recorded the song to reflect his current musical style for the album Gord’s Gold. The song enjoyed renewed success when it underwent a disco metamorphosis for the film 54 starring Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers.