Gentle On My Mind chords & lyrics

by The Band Perry

  • Gentle On My Mind was first recorded by Glen Campbell on May 17, 1967. It was released on the 19th June, 1967 from the album of the same name.
  • The Band Perry version of the song was recorded in 2014 for the soundtrack of the Glen Campbell documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The band won a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2015.
  • Music - Original Key: C Major in 2/2 time at a moderately bright tempo - 107 bpm
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, C6, Dm, Dm6, Dm7, G7, F, Bdim7
  • Please Note: If you are playing with the video you will need a capo on the 1st fret as the song key is C# with a few tricky chords

Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry

Capo on 1 if playing with video

Intro: 2/2
     |   C   |   C   |   C   |   C   |      
                                  (It's)

          C                Cmaj7           C6
1. It's know-ing that your door is al-ways o-pen
            Cmaj7            Dm
   And your path is free to walk
                                            Dm7
   That makes me tend to leave my sleep-ing bag
                   G7                   C
   Rolled up and stashed be-hind your couch
   
             C                Cmaj7          C6               Cmaj7
2. And it's know-ing I'm not shackled by for-got-ten words and bonds
            C                                     Dm
   And the ink stains that have dried up on some line
                         Dm7               Dm6           Dm7
   That keeps you in the back roads by the ri-vers of my mem-'ry
         Dm            G7             C
   That keeps you ever gen-tle on my mind

              C              Cmaj7          C6
3. It's not cling-ing to the rocks and ivy plan-ted
            Cmaj7              Dm
   On their co-lumns now that binds me
 
   Or some-thing that some-bo-dy said
       Dm7                  G7              C
   Be-cause they thought we fit to-ge-ther walk-ing

              C                Cmaj7              C6            Cmaj7
4. It's just know-ing that the world will not be curs-ing or for-giv-ing
           C                                    Dm
   When I walk a-long some rail-road track and find
                              Dm7              Dm6           Dm7
   That you're mov-ing on the back road by the ri-vers of my mem-'ry
            Dm               G7             C
   And for hours you're just gen-tle on my mind
   
                C                  Cmaj7
5. Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
            C6                Cmaj7              Dm
   And the junk-yards and the high-ways come be-tween us
                                          Dm7
   And some other wo-man's cry-in' to her mo-ther
               G7               C 
   'Cause she turned and I was gone

       C                Cmaj7            C6                Cmaj7
6. I still might run in silence tears of joy might stain my face
            C                                  Dm
   And the sum-mer sun might burn me 'til I'm blind
                      Dm7             Dm6             Dm7
   But not to where I can-not see you walk-in' on the back-roads
          Dm               G7             C
   By the ri-vers flow-ing gen-tle on my mind

           C            Cmaj7               C6
7. Well I dip my cup of soup back from the gurgl-ing crackl-ing
   Cmaj7              Dm
   Cauld-ron in some train yard

   My beard a rust-ling coal pile
     Dm7               G7              C
   A dir-ty hat pulled low a-cross my face

             C                  Cmaj7
8. Through cupped hands 'round a tin can
          C6             Cmaj7               Dm
   I pre-tend I hold you  to  my breast and find
                                Dm7               Dm6           Dm7
   That you're wav-ing from the back roads by the ri-vers of my mem-'ry
          Dm            G7             C
   E-ver smil-ing e-ver gen-tle on my mind  

   C6             C
   Gen-tle on my mind    
   C6             C
   Gen-tle on my mind                Hold 
    F   |  Bdim7  |  C  |        |   C  |           
   Ooh ... Ooh...   Ooh ... yeah...

C Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings (mini barre)
2's in the same column: Barre 2nd finger over marked strings (mini barre)

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           C                Cmaj7               C6                  F                Bdim7
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-2-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

          Dm                 Dm6                Dm7                 G7   
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-3-|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                Cmaj7               C6                  F                Bdim7
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-2-|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-3-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |-4-|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
      
         Dm                 Dm6                Dm7                G7
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
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