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Knockin On Heavens Door
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Knockin On Heavens Door

Bob Dylan
Album:
Pat Garrett and Bill The Kid

Song Meaning of Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan


Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," released in 1973 as part of the soundtrack for the film "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid," is a timeless ballad that has resonated with audiences for its simplicity, profound lyrics, and haunting melody. Written during a tumultuous period in Dylan's career, the song transcends its cinematic roots to become a poignant reflection on mortality, the human condition, and the inevitability of facing one's destiny.


The song unfolds as a poignant narrative, depicting the final moments of a protagonist as they come to terms with their impending death. The repeated refrain, "Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door," serves as both a literal and metaphorical plea for entry into the afterlife. The knocking becomes a powerful metaphor for the universal experience of confronting mortality and the uncertainty that lies beyond.


One interpretation of the song suggests that it captures the essence of Dylan's own struggles and the broader societal unrest during the early 1970s. This period marked a transition for Dylan, both musically and personally, as he navigated the changing landscapes of folk, rock, and his own spiritual journey.


Two months following the movie's debut, it was released as a single and quickly rose to prominence, ranking in the Top 10 in a number of different nations.


Lyrics of Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan


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

Release Date

1973

Songwriter/s

Bob Dylan

Producer/s

Gordon Carroll

Label/s

Columbia

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