I Can't See Myself Leaving You Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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I Can't See Myself Leaving You

length: 3:05
composer: Ronnie Shannon
lyricist: Ronnie Shannon

You've been running around
This I know, yeah
I ought to pack my things
And let you go

But baby
I don't know what to do
I can't see myself
Going away to stay
Whoa, no, I can't
See myself leaving you

You've been running around
With every girl in town
Yes, you have

If I just had the power
I'd put you right down
Whoa, oh, my love

I don't know what to do
Cause I can't see myself
Going away to stay
Oh no, I can't
See myself leaving you, no

True love
Is so hard to find
Tell me, tell me
That I've got mine

If I go
Searching for another
I'd just be wasting
My time, yeah, hey

I say we're through
Because I love you
Yes, I do
If I leave you, baby
What would I do?

Whoa, oh, oh, my love
I wouldn't know what to do
Cause I can't see
Myself leaving you

Whoa, oh, oh, oh
I can't see myself
Leaving you, no

I can't see myself
Leaving you

Whoa, no
I can't see myself.

Gentle on My Mind

length: 2:26
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
composer: John Hartford
lyricist: John Hartford
It's knowin' that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin' bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch
And it's knowin' 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 clingin' 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 movin' 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 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 till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see
You walkin' on the back roads
By the rivers flowin' gentle on my mind

I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin' cracklin' cauldron
In some train yard
My beard a rustlin' 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 waitin' from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin', ever gentle on my mind