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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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    xxalesanaxx
    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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    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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    I thinking the writer of the song left it open for all of us to translate his words from different angles. Probably, all of what you've said is correct. I see it from different angle, I'm from a country which is currently ravaged by violence. It seems that the person who is shot and is dying now realised in his last minutes of his life that killing is not solving the problem, violence is breeding violence, and asking mama, which could means his own country / home, or represent the faction he was fighting for, and he seemed to have realised that the situation is not getting better, the situation is getting darker and darker, and no one could see the wisdom anymore, and probably even they forgot the reason why they're fighting in the first place? In the last minute of human's life, he or she sees the truth, and wishes to do good, but it is too late, at those moments, the clouds which prevents us from thinking is not there anymore, it is in the nature of human being, we do bad thing, and later we realise that was wrong, cannot fight anymore. From my little humble experience as a medical doctor, I've seen people in their last minutes of life, says unbelievable things, e.g. admissions of guilt done in the past, regrets, seeking to say something he or she wants to say for long time. The problem is, we're all actually "knocking heaven's door", and therefore, we must take the initiative now to do something, to take action to stop the violence.
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    lyricalgenuis85
    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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    tommyboy220
    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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