Intro: C Cmaj7 C6 Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 1. It's knowing that your door is always C6 Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 open and your path is free to walk Dm Dmaj7 that makes me tend to leave my sleeping Dm7 G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch C Cmaj7 C6 And it's knowing I'm not shackled by forgotten words and Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 bonds and the ink stains that have dried upon some line Dm Dmaj7 That keeps you in the backroads by the Dm7 G7 Dm rivers of my mem'ry, that keeps you ever G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C gentle on my mind C Cmaj7 2. It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy C6 Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Planted on their columns now that bind me Dm Dmaj7 Or something that somebody said Dm7 G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Because they think we fit together walkin'. C Cmaj7 C6 It's just knowing that the world will not be cursing or Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Forgiving, when I walk along some railroad track and find Dm Dmaj7 That you're moving on the backroads by the Dm7 G7 Dm Rivers of my mem'ry, and for hours you're just G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Gentle on my mind C Cmaj7 3. Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines and the C6 Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Junkyards and the highways come between us, Dm Dmaj7 And some other woman crying to her Dm7 G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Mother, 'cause she turned and I was gone. C Cmaj7 C6 I still might run in silence, tears of joy might stain my Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Face, and the summer sun might burn be 'till I'm blind Dm Dmaj7 But not to where I cannot see you Dm7 G7 Dm Walkin' on the backroads, by the rivers flowing G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Gentle on my mind C Cmaj7 4. I dip my cup of soup back from the C6 Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Gurglin', cracklin' cauldron in some trainyard; Dm Dmaj7 My beard a roughning coal pile and a Dm7 G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Dirty had pulled low across my face. C Cmaj7 C6 Through cupped hands 'round a tin can I Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 Dm Dmaj7 Dm7 Dmaj7 Pretend I hold you to my breast and find Dm Dmaj7 That you're waving from the backroads by the Dm7 G7 Dm Rivers of my memory, ever smilin' ever G7 C Cmaj7 C9 C Gentle on my mind.