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Gentle On My Mind Chords

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                    GENTLE ON MY MIND - Glen Campbell
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Tabbed by: Bob Miller
e-mail: onefinebob at gmail dot com
Tuning: Standard

Chords defined at the end.

[Intro]

C  Cmaj7  C6   Cmaj7


[Verse 1]

     C                 Cmaj7
It's knowing that your door is always 
C6            Cmaj7           Dm   Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
open and your path is free to walk
     Dm               Dmmaj7     
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  Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
bonds and the ink stains that have dried upon some line
      Dm              Dmmaj7    
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


[Verse 2]

     C                 Cmaj7
It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy
C6            Cmaj7           Dm   Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
Planted on their columns now that bind me
     Dm               Dmmaj7     
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  Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
Forgiving, when I walk along some railroad track and find
      Dm              Dmmaj7    
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


[Verse 3]

     C                 Cmaj7
Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines and the
C6            Cmaj7           Dm   Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
Junkyards and the highways come between us,
     Dm               Dmmaj7     
And some other woman's 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  Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
Face, and the summer sun might burn me 'till I'm blind
      Dm              Dmmaj7    
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


[Verse 4]

     C                 Cmaj7
I dip my cup of soup back from the
C6            Cmaj7           Dm   Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7
Gurglin', cracklin' cauldron in some trainyard;
     Dm               Dmmaj7     
My beard a roughning coal pile and a 
Dm7               G7                  C     Cmaj7  C9  C
Dirty hat pulled low across my face.
         C               Cmaj7           C6
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can I
Cmaj7         C                    Cmaj7           Dm  Dmmaj7 Dm7 Dmmaj7 
Pretend I hold you to my breast and find
      Dm              Dmmaj7    
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.

C:     x32010
Cmaj7: x32000
C6:    x322x0 (I use the finger on the G string to mute the B string. 
C9:    x32030       It makes for a faster change between the Cmaj7 and C6)
Dm:    xx0231
Dmmaj7:xx0221
Dm7:   xx0211
G7:    320001

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Yarrowyck 425 Sep 19, 2015 02:50 AM

Thanks Bob, a beautiful song and a great TAB! I remember a long time ago playing this with an Am where you have C6 and C9. Just a bit easier I think. Cheers.

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warwick.neilson 10 Aug 03, 2016 04:00 AM

I was inspired to learn this song after watching the Glen Campbell film, 'I'll be Me', last night. The chords on here are just about spot on but I think that the C9 is actually Cadd9 which is a slightly different animal i.e. no flat 7th. You could also get away with playing the C6 as per the C Cmaj7 C6 Cmaj7 progression. Great song. Thanks for posting.

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MosesTheDabber 10 Sep 21, 2016 09:11 AM

Hey Warwick,
Also after watching 'I'll Be Me' on the Tele .... I've been trying to get Guitar players on the FB Group 'Guitar Players On Facebook' (nearly 56,000 of them)to have some Glen Campbell Tribute Gigs in aid of Alzheimer's charities .... a 'MUST-DO' really!
The Film / Documentary was so sad to watch ..... :-(
John.

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