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  • Writer's pictureCharles Cherney

78: Knockin' on Heaven's Door


I have always loved Bob Dylan's song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

The song was written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin describes the song as "an exercise in splendid simplicity."


Just 2:32 seconds long.

A song about death and dying.

And yet just about as life affirming as it gets.

Imagine having written this song. Imagine having recorded this beautiful version of it.


"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"


Mama, take this badge off of me I can't use it anymore It's gettin' dark, too dark to see I feel I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Mama, put my guns in the ground I can't shoot them anymore That long black cloud is comin' down I feel I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Ooh, ooh Ooh, ooh

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