Gentle On My Mind chords

by The Band Perry

  • Gentle On My Mind was written by John Hartford and 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: 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 in the key of C# with a few tricky chords.

Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry

Capo on 1 if playing with the video

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
  
                C       Cmaj7       C6       Cmaj7
Intro: 2/2  ‖       |           |        |            ‖      
                                                  (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 
   F       Bdim7     C                 C           
   Ooh  |  Ooh... |  Ooh |... yeah |   𝄑   |

🗝 C Major

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords on frets & strings
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings    R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string     B: Bass Note

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