Dienstag, 27. Juni 2017

Classic Country Lyrics: "Gentle On My Mind" von John Hartford

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John Hartford, der diesen Song schrieb, war ein
musikalisches Multitalent und blieb dennoch ein
Geheimtipp. Sein bekanntestes Lied war "Gentle
On My Mind", allerdings nicht in seiner eigenen
Version: Grosse Stars wie Glen Campbell und
Dean Martin haben den Song erfolgreich aufge-
nommen und zu einem Klassiker gemacht.

It's just knowing that your door is always open 
And your path is free to walk,
That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag 
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch.
And it's knowing 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 clinging 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 moving 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 clotheslines 
And the junkyards and the highways come between us,
And some other woman's crying 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 
Flowing gentle on my mind.

I dip my cup of soup back from a the 
Gurglin', crackling cauldron in some train yard;
My beard a roughn'ning 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 wavin' from the back roads 
By the rivers of my memory and for hours 
You're just gentle on my mind...

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