“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” πŸ”«

 

 

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

BUSSANDO ALLA PORTA DEL PARADISO

Mamma, toglimi di dosso questo distintivo
Non posso piΓΉ usarlo
Sta diventando buio, troppo buio per vedere
Sembra come se stia bussando alla porta del paradiso

Bussando alla porta del paradiso
Bussando alla porta del paradiso
Bussando alla porta del paradiso
Bussando alla porta del paradiso

Mamma, metti le mie pistole per terra
Non posso piΓΉ sparare
Sta scendendo quella lunga nuvola nera
Sembra come se stia bussando alla porta del paradiso

 

β€œKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is the song written by Bob Dylan for Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 western film, β€œPat Garrett and Billy the Kid” .
The movie is about Pat Garrett, a former buffalo hunter, cowboy, and rustler, who is made into a sheriff and ordered to hunt down his old friend Billy the Kid. When they meet, Garrett shoots and kills Billy. The song is heard at this moment.

β€œBadge” is the word that links the text of the song to the scene of the killing. The badge represents his position and power as a soldier, who can break the most basic of human laws, and also his vocation, his responsibilities, his dreams and even his life.
The speaker (Pat Garrett) seems lost and emotionally broken, and the first verse indicates his dejection about having killed his old friend. He is asking his mother or his wife, the person that has been by his side almost all his life, to take his badge, the object that represents his person and should symbolise responsibility, something he feels incapable of using now.
In the second verse, as in the first one, he feels he can’t do his duties anymore. He has killed his friend and lost his integrity.

The darkness represents his moral uncertainty, a feeling that maybe he’s unworthy of heaven: he is standing outside heaven’s door, knocking and begging to be let in, asking for forgiveness because he has realized the true meaning of his deeds.

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45 thoughts on ““Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” πŸ”«

  1. Thanks for enlightening us. I had heard the song many times but didn’t know what it was about. I had thought from the chorus that it was someone expecting something wonderful was about to happen, but now that you’ve explained it, it’s much sadder than that.

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