Who Sang Gentle on My Mind? Bing Crosby & Count Basie

Count Basie Bing 'n Basie cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1986
length: 3:45
piano: Count Basie
vocal: Bing Crosby
orchestra: The Count Basie Orchestra
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

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

CD 1
  • 1 Gentle on My Mind
  • 2 Everything Is Beautiful
  • 3 Gonna Build a Mountain
  • 4 Sunrise, Sunset
  • 5 Hangin' Loose
  • 6 All His Children
  • 7 Put Your Hand in the Hand
  • 8 Snowbird
  • 9 Little Green Apples
  • 10 Sugar, Don't You Know
  • 11 Have a Nice Day