If I could only (be less fine)
[or possibly: If only I could be less blind] (coutesy David Gansz, [sic])
If only I knew what to find,
Everywhere and all of the time--
It's bending my mind.
Confusion's prince is at my door.
The crown I wear's the one he wore
He's here to bring me down some more
And bend my mind.
The friendly stranger called my name
He only wants me for his game
But it don't matter, just the same
I'll bend his mind.
I've waved my flags into the sun
I've fought my wars, and now they're won
And I don't need nobody's gun
I bent their mind.
[Repeat first verse]
First verified performance: January 7, 1966, at The Matrix, in San Francisco. "Mindbender" followed "Sick and Tired," and preceded "On the Road Again." The only other known performance was on February 23, 1966, at an unknown location.