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I love these words - especially when Glen Campbell sings them:

Gentle On My Mind
by John Hartford

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 have dried upon some line,
That keeps you in the backroads by the rivers of my mem'ry 
That keeps your ever 
Gentle on my mind.

It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy planted on their colums now that binds 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 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 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 run in silence, tears of joy might stain my face 
And 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 the gurglin' cracklin' caldron in some train yard
My beard a roughning coal pile and a dirty hat pulled low across my face.
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can I pretend I hold you to my breast and find
That you're waving from the backroads by the rivers of my memory 
Ever smilin'
Ever gentle on my mind.

Date: 2007-07-11 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i've never heard that song. or probably any glen campbell song...but that made me cry.
she'll probably shoot me, but i thought of courtney.

god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-11 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i didn't *mean* courtney as it would relate to *me*, in any way.
geez. THAT was totally singlewhitefemale of me. whoa.

Re: god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You really SHOULD hear it - find an mp3 on tehintarwebs. That'll get the tears outta ya.

I know you didn't mean it that way, and she probably will too.

Or maybe she'll come and live with you.

Re: god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-11 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
maybe so. first non-dysfunctional redhead i've EVER met.

or maybe it was you. can't remember which of you i met first. but yous guys are the only two. :) and yes, you count as a redhad.

Re: god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-11 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
okay. aware of and making an effort to control your dysfunction. better?

guess if i'm gonna be specific, we're all fucking nuts. :)

Re: god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-11 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just never thot anybody would see me as less than crazy.

Re: god i shouldnt comment when im emo

Date: 2007-07-12 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I ain't skeered. I don't know the song either, but I was kinda thinkin' of me too. Thanks.

Date: 2007-07-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've always wanted to be the woman in this song. Until I figured out that he meant he was wandering around screwing other women. lol

Date: 2007-07-11 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh, now see you roont it. i was all wistful over the lost love of my life...sniff snort sob....and you ROONT it. now i can't relate. hahah.

Date: 2007-07-11 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Welll, maybe she didn't care that he was screwing other women. Maybe they sat together on the couch and laughed about them. (gawd that's evil, where do I get this shit?)

Date: 2007-07-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
from your polyamourous friends. :D

Date: 2007-07-11 08:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-07-11 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob

Look at them hips, I like how she rock it
She bend that thing ova and to the ground
She be dropping and popping hard as she can,
Got me hard in the pants
Because she all in her stash,
Doing her muthafucken dance man
Look, lil' buddy cute in the face
She rock her hips to the bass
She take a sip when she wave
And wanna get wit Lil'J
After she dance on that pole
I pull my cash so quick and fast
When that ass hit the floor

Now I got 32 flavas of that bootylious bubblegum
Raspberry, grape, cherry,
Come and get this honey bun
Yummy-yum baby, not your ordinary lady
Known to drive the niggas crazy
Willy Wonka wanna pay me
On the daily
Off the hizzle
Rock my hizzle
Shake my skittle
Soda popping, watch it sizzle
Man this shit right here the shizzle
Smoking on the hottest drizzle
Wanna taste it just a little
Rock my hips and make it wiggle
Wave and sipping in this bizzle

....and they say nobody writes romantic songs any more.

Date: 2007-07-11 09:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-07-12 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*weep. I love John Hartford. Glen does sing it nicely, but John Hartford was such a sweet performer. I was so sad when I learned he'd passed on :( I have nearly all John's cds :)

Date: 2007-07-12 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's his most remembered song, but you can poke around here and listen to some other tunes.
He wrote a lot of songs about being on the river - he was a riverboat captain as well as a folks singer/songwriter.

Date: 2007-07-12 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool. Thanks!

Date: 2007-07-12 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww. I don't know that song. And now I want to hear it.

Date: 2007-07-12 01:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2007-07-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hear Glen also but I keep picturing him this way. Got to admit is changes the words a little when you reread them...

And some other woman's crying to her mother 'cause she turned and I was gone.
I still run in silence, tears of joy might stain my face


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