Here on this Gentle On My Mind chords page you'll find my acoustic guitar demo, purchase link to the full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf Gentle On My Mind Chords sheet you can download.
Gentle On My Mind Chords Demo Lyrics & Pdf
John Hartford wrote this great country classic and it won 2 Grammys for him and 2 Grammys for Glen Campbell back in 1968. This song came from the album of the same name and was the only single released in the summer of 1967 but was re-released again in the summer of 1968.
Dean Martin and Patti Page also covered this song and both had top 10 hits with their version. Glen's version hit #30 on the Billboard Country charts.
It's knowin' that your door is always open and your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin' bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch
And it's knowin' I'm not shackled - by forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the back roads - by the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind
It's not clingin' to the rocks and ivy planted on their columns now that bind me
Or something that somebody said because they thought we fit together walkin'
It's just knowing that the world will not be cursing or forgiving
When I walk along some railroad track and find
That you're movin' on the back roads - By the rivers of my memory
And for hours you're just gentle on my mind
Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines and the junkyards and the highways come
And some other woman's cryin' to her mother cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence - tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see you walkin' on the back roads
By the rivers flowin' gentle on my mind
I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin' cracklin' cauldron In some train yard
With my beard a rustlin' coal pile - And a dirty hat pulled low across my face
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you're waitin' from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory - Ever smilin', ever gentle on my mind
Your gentle on my mind