Glen Campbell – Gentle on my mind (testo)
“It’s 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 are dried upon some line
That keeps you in the backroads
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 walking
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 backroads
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 ‘til I’m blind
But not to where I cannot see
you walkin’ on the backroads
by the rivers flowing gentle on my mind
I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin’
cracklin’ caldron in some train yard
my beard a roughening coal pile
and a dirty hat pulled low across my face
through cupped hands ‘round the tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you’re waiting from the backroads
by the rivers of my memories
ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind”.
Glen Campbell, Gentle on my mind – 2:58
Album: Gentle on my mind (1967)
Singolo: “Gentle on my mind / Just another man” (1967)
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“Gentle on My Mind è un brano musicale scritto dal musicista statunitense John Hartford e pubblicato nel 1967 dal cantante statunitense Glen Campbell, come unico estratto dall’album omonimo. Nell’ambito dei Grammy Awards 1968, la canzone ha ottenuto ben quattro riconoscimenti, nelle categorie “miglior interpretazione folk”, “miglior canzone country/western”, “miglior interpretazione vocale maschile country/western” e “miglior registrazione country/western”. La versione più rappresentativa del brano è quella di Glen Campbell. Tuttavia la canzone è stata interpretata come cover da tantissimi artisti o gruppi nel corso della storia della musica. Tra questi vi sono Elvis Presley (dall’album From Elvis in Memphis, 1969), Leonard Nimoy (dall’album Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy), Roger Miller (1968), Frank Sinatra (per Cycles, 1968), Dean Martin (1968), Tammy Wynette (D-I-V-O-R-C-E, 1968), Connie Smith (Sunshine and Rain, 1968), Andy Williams (Happy Heart, 1969), Bing Crosby & Count Basie (Bing ‘n’ Basie, 1972) e John Mogensen (1975). In tempi più recenti la canzone è stata rifatta da Lucinda Williams (2006), Madeleine Peyroux (2013), Jon Flemming Olsen (2014), Frankie Laine, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry (2016), The Band Perry (2014, per il documentario Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me) e Alison Krauss (2017)”.
(Wikipedia, voce Gentle on My Mind)
“Gentle on My Mind is a song written by John Hartford, which won four 1968 Grammy Awards. Hartford won the award for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter). The other two awards Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country & Western Recording, went to American country music singer Glen Campbell for his version of Hartford’s song. This song whose authorship is attributed to John Hartford is both harmonically and melodically nearly identical to a substantial portion of Brazilian composer Dorival Caymmi‘s 1954 version of his song “O Mar” (which also exists in a 1940 version that is orchestrated and more harmonically complex.) That 1940 Brazilian song has a structure of A-B-C-D-D-D-Tag-C, and the three D Sections appear to be the foundation for “Gentle On My Mind” which has the same basic harmonic structure (with some added passing chords) and the same basic melody (with some slight rhythmic variation.) This poses the question as to whether John Hartford was familiar with Dorival Caymmi‘s 1954 version of Caymmi’s own composition “O Mar” and may have subconsciously taken its D-Section melody & harmonies and based his own composition (“Gentle On My Mind“) on the earlier Brazilian song. The song was released in June 1967 as the only single from the album of the same name. It was re-released in July 1968 to more success. Glen Campbell‘s version has received over 5 million plays on the radio. Campbell used “Gentle on My Mind” as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972. Dean Martin‘s version, recorded in 1968, was a major hit in the United Kingdom; three versions of the song, Campbell’s, Martin’s and Patti Page‘s, all reached the top ten of the U.S. easy listening chart in 1968. The song was ranked number 16 on BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century.
Hartford reported that he was inspired to write the song after seeing the film Doctor Zhivago when his own memories took over, and that it took about thirty minutes to write down. Hartford said of the writing: “I went to see the movie Doctor Zhivago the night I wrote it. Everyone’s made a whole lot out of that. I know it gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don’t know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn’t have been a hit. That just came real fast, a blaze, a blur”.
Campbell heard Hartford’s original version on the radio and decided at once that he wanted to record it. At the time, Campbell was under contract with Capitol Records as a solo artist but had little success in establishing a name for himself. Campbell gathered some of his fellow Wrecking Crew session players to come into the Capitol studio to record a demo version that he could pitch to his producer Al De Lory. Between phrases and stanzas, Campbell would yell instructions to the players. He then left the rough recording for his producer to listen to. De Lory fell in love, not only with the song, but with the recording itself. Without telling Campbell, he took the tape back into the studio and removed the unwanted verbiage from between the phrases. He then released the demo recording, which became a hit for Campbell. The song was first released in 1967, and it was released in 1968 in the wake of the success of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix“. It reached No. 30 on Billboard’s Country chart, and No. 39 on the Pop chart. The song however continued to received widespread airplay; in 1990, BMI named it as the fourth-most-played song on radio ever in the United States. The song has also sold 251,000 digital copies as of August 2017 since it became available for download in the digital era”.
(Wikipedia, voce Gentle on My Mind (song))
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