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Guns N' Roses – Knocking On Heaven's Door lyrics

Mama take this badge from me
I can't use it anymore
It's getting dark too dark to see
Feels 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 cold black cloud is comin' down
Feels 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

"You just better start sniffin' your own
Rank subjugation jack 'cause it's just
You against your tattered libido, the bank
And the mortician, forever man and it
Wouldn't be luck if you could get out of
Life alive"

Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door



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    lyricalgenuis85Sep 15, 2008 at 5:19 am
    All three of you are wrong. This song is about a guy dying who has lived a sinful life of s*, drugs, and violence. The badge he speaks of is a badge of courage that he felt that he needed to walk around with (aka guns, money, drugs). Because he thought they made him powerful and gave him the courage to do anything. Then realizes that when he goes to heaven than he no longer needs his badges of courage to enter the pearly gates. I sure wish gnr would start a comeback tour.
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    UnregisteredAug 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    It sounds like a law man is close to dying and he is quickly fading away so he is asking his mama to take his guns and bury them because he may have done wrong to others. At the end of the song someone else is telling the law man that he better face his own submission of being subdued because he is facing bad s** drive, money owed to the bank and the mortician forever so he couldn't be lucky enough to die without paying the price.
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    bobrules123456Dec 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    Mama is obviously not referring to his mother but maybe god or some other thing idk, the badge is probably his identity, or what others see him as and him wanting to change this "badge." I think its about him wanting to stop violence and getting too far into the bad stuff in life and feeling like its dragging him towards death and hes knocking on the door of heaven. Tommyboy220's thing about the phone call, the comment right above this one, is exactly how I interpreted it. Either everything I just said or he was stoned when he wrote this song.
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    xxalesanaxxSep 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm
    Actually! All of you are wrong! This song was writen for th movie 'Pat Garret and Billy The Kid' and th meaning is really simple! He was th sherif and he got shot and he was fadeing away and he was talkin to either his wife or mom and was sayin tht he didn't need his guns anymore and to bury em with him and to take th badge off of his chest. Just read th lyrics and don't over think it! Its exactly what they say!
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    tommyboy220May 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm
    This song is possibly about a young cop who has been wounded and is on his deathbed. He begs his mother to remove his badge, because he no longer needs it. He also asks his mother to bury his weapons, also because he cannot use them. Sad song. However many wonder what that last section (the phone call) really means. I believe it is somebody calling an authority figure, and laying it on the line, saying that he better start practicin' what he preaches, because it will always be him against the impulse for s*, against trying to gain money, and against death.

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