Monday, October 6, 2014

Knocking on Heaven's Door // the Original Version

A couple of years ago Bruce Green at Fordham organized a conference called `Dylan & the Law'.  This is my favorite, with `Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts' running a close second.  It is the original of Dylan's Knocking on Heaven's door - written for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.  "Momma take this badge off of me, I can't use it anymore", he sings after Garrett shoots the Kid in self defense, a grim necessity.  J.J. Goldberg of The Forward puts it on the top of his Yom Kippur playlist.

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