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I heard the following lines in a song:

that I could be the only thought in her mind
as she was in mine.

I was wondering if it shouldn't be on instead, in both cases. Is the in variant grammatical and idiomatic? Is this poetic license or perhaps some local dialect?

  • So, "I" is a thought? Funny. The only thought on my mind was why lunch had not been served. A thought is not usually a single person pronoun. /...that I could be the only person on her mind, as she was on mine/. – Lambie Nov 16 '16 at 13:54
  • It was written in a song and I was wondering whether it was correct or not as it sounds weird to me. thank you. – James Nov 16 '16 at 14:02
  • If it's in a song, what does the song SAY: in or on? Why are you asking the question rather than quoting the song? – Lambie Nov 16 '16 at 14:12
  • because the song says "in her mind as she was in mine" so I thought the right structure was" on(one's)mind " – James Nov 16 '16 at 14:14
  • In the future please include all that information right from the get-go. It can be frustrating for people to have to work to extract it from you bit by bit. Thank you. – RegDwigнt Nov 16 '16 at 14:19
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Songs follow poetic licence as much as any rule and "On" and "in" my mind are almost interchangeable, but "On" sometimes implies a worry or a persistent thought, where "in" merely describes a thought, which might well be fleeting…

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to be on one's mind = thinking about someone/something
to be in one's mind = to be in her/his thoughts

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