Gentle on My Mind

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"Gentle on My Mind" is a song that was written and originally recorded by John Hartford, and released on his second studio album, Earthwords & Music (1967). It won three Grammy Awards and was listed in "BMI's Top 100 Songs of the Century".


  • 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 are dried upon some line
    That keeps you in the backroads
    By the rivers of my memory
    It keeps you ever gentle on my mind
  • Though the wheat fields and the clotheslines
    And the junkyards and the highways come between us
    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 'til I'm blind
    But not to where I cannot see you walkin' on the backroads
    By the rivers flowing gentle on my mind
  • ...Ever smilin' ever gentle on my mind

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