The Band Perry – Gentle On My Mind Lyrics

It’s knowing that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk1
That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch2
And it’s knowing I’m not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds3
And the ink stains that are dried upon some line
That keeps you on the backroads4
By the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind5

It’s not clinging to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that bind me6
Or something that somebody said
Because they thought we fit together walking7
It’s just knowing that the world will not be cursing
Or forgiving when I walk along some railroad track8 and find
That you’re moving on the backroads
By the rivers of my memory
And for hours you’re just gentle on my mind9

Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us10
And some other woman’s cryin’ to her mother
‘Cause she turned and I was gone11
I still might run in silence tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me ’til I’m blind12
But not to where I cannot see you walkin’ on the backroads
By the rivers flowing gentle on my mind13

I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin’
Cracklin’ caldron in some train yard14
My beard a rustling, cold towel, and
A dirty hat pulled low across my face15
Through cupped hands ’round the tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find16
That you’re waiting from the backroads
By the rivers of my memories
Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind
Gentle on my mind
You’re gentle on my mind17

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