“Bob Dylan- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door “Original”

26 Sep


“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a song written and sung by Bob Dylan, for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Released as a single, it reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Described by Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin as “an exercise in splendid simplicity,”[1] the song, measured simply in terms of the number of other artists who have covered it, is one of Dylan’s most popular post-1960s compositions.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2]

Storyline and song structure

The song describes the collapse of a deputy sheriff; dying from a bullet wound, he tells his wife “Mama, take this badge off of me; I can’t use it anymore.” The song consists of four chords in the key of G major: G, D, Am7, and C. The basic pattern throughout the song is G-D-Am7-Am7 and then G-D-C-C, and this is repeated. Over the years, Dylan has changed the lyrics, as have others who have performed this song.



8 responses to ““Bob Dylan- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door “Original”

  1. Mary Francis McNinch

    September 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I love this..sent it to a friend

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    September 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for the share Mary Francis! :-)


  3. koolkosherkitchen

    September 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Young Bob Dylan – brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. M. Talmage Moorehead

    September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    That’s not Dylan’s voice, of course. I just did a search and couldn’t find a free version of this great song with Dylan actually singing it. It’s one of my favorite songs. I’m an old Dylan fan from the mid 60’s. “Blond on Blond” was my favorite album.

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  5. America On Coffee

    September 30, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Right! So many covers. Live, Dylan doing duets and the film theme may be the only ways to go. Thank you for the notice, your likes and follow (s).

    Liked by 1 person

  6. M. Talmage Moorehead

    September 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for featuring Dylan. I’m also a Hendrix fan. Probably the greatest song of all time, in my humble and yet infallible opinion, is “All Along the Watchtower” (Hendrix doing Dylan’s song and actually bringing new magic to it.)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. America On Coffee

    September 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    You are most welcome! Thanks for sharing the Dylan experience. Love his harmonica…and, for shares, it is a must! AOC appreciates your follow, likes, and your own interesting, extensive, forensic site! Have a great weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. M. Talmage Moorehead

    October 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks. You have a great weekend, too!

    Liked by 1 person


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