August 9

Watch: Young Glen Campbell doing ‘Gentle on my Mind’ Live Provokes Strong Emotions

Together with John Hartford, a once young Glen Campbell performed ‘Gentle on my Mind’ live with its songwriter, John Hartford.

It’s only fitting to realize that this performance was also made live in Glen Campbell’s hit US show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour which uses the same song as its television theme. Obviously, Campbell’s voice was still at its prime that his exchange of parts with John Hartford creates an unexplainable harmony that you can only hear way back then.

Watch the video here:


‘Gentle On My Mind’ Lyrics

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 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 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
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


Gentle on my Mind, Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell singing Gentle on My Mind


Glen Campbell’s version of ‘Gentle on my Mind’ might not have a smoother beginning. When Campbell heard Hartford’s version on the radio, Campbell took an instant interest but could not agree with his Wrecking Crew when trying to record the demo.

Thanks to Campbell’s producer, Al De Lory who agreed and took Campbell’s demo removing his word war with his crew, ‘Gentle on my Mind’ became an overnight hit.


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