We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Mama, take this badge off of me I can't use it anymore. It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see I feel like 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 like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door," from the soundtrack album to the Sam Peckinpah film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. This is possibly Dylan's most-covered song, yet no version that I have heard either by other artists or by Dylan himself in live performance has made a significant improvement on the understated but effective original, which we include below.
Good observation, Dylmaster. I'd never thought of it before, but you're right. I do about six or seven Dylan songs and, in thinking them through, I almost always alter the tempo or rhythm structure or word cadence or something a little bit. But I do "Heaven's Door" exactly as it came out of the box. As you said, there's simply no other way to do it.
When this plays in the movie was one of the sadder moments in the history of Westerns. Who wants to see the great Slim Pickens die?
The song haunts much of the movie but it is when Slim Pickens was shot and his wife comes out to sit with him while he dies - Pickens with this "I can't believe this crap" look on his face - that really hits the mark.