You Were on My Mind (Crispian St Peters)

14 FEBRUARY 1966


English singer-songwriter Crispian St Peters’ single ‘You Were on my Mind’ was at its peak UK chart position of #2. This was the first top ten hit for Crispian (real name Robin Peter Smith), his only other success to this point being a #44 song in Australia.

The song itself had been written in 1962 and had featured on an album by folk duo 'Ian and Sylvia' in 1964. It was a big hit for 'We Five' in the US in 1965 (the fourth biggest-selling single of the year), but does not appear to have charted in the UK. In the sixties these situations always provided an opportunity for someone else to step in and release their own version. Crispian's version also reached #36 in the US.

As an example of the contemporary 'open season' attitude to recording the same song, 'You Were on My Mind' was actually a hit three times in Italy during 1966, with versions by Barry McGuirePaul Anka and Equipe 84.

You Were on My Mind (Crispian St Peters)

'Well I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
I said you were on my mind

Oh, I got troubles, oh, oh
I got worries, oh, oh
I got wounds to bind

So I went to the corner
Just to ease my pain
I said just to ease my pain

Oh, I got troubles, oh, oh
I got worries, oh, oh
I came home again

But I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
You were on my mind

Oh, I got troubles, oh, oh
I got worries, oh, oh
I got wounds to bind

But I've got a feeling
Yeah, down in my shoes
I said way down in my shoes

Well, I gotta ramble, oh, oh
I gotta move on, oh, oh
I gotta walk away my blues

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
I said you were on my mind

Well, I got troubles, oh, oh
I got worries, oh, oh
I got wounds to bind, yeah'