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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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    UnregisteredMar 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    Written by bob dylan & was released on the 'pat garrett & billy the kid' album on 4th jan (my birthday) 1974. To me it means, a male wild west marshall (hence guns & not gun) that has been shot & therefore prematurely retiring from the business, & life. As for the added lyrics by g n' are, nuff said!
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    jenmc3Nov 25, 2010 at 1:48 am
    I think its about someone who is looking for God and they are really desparate to find him. And the person is really scared because they just want to know why things happen. The person is a good person, but is so tired of wandering around with no reason. The person told God awhile back you win, but at times is begging God to listen.
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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 sex drive, money owed to the bank and the mortician forever so he couldnt be lucky enough to die without paying the price.
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    bobrules123456Dec 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    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 sex, against trying to gain money, and against death. Is what tommy boy said about the phone call.
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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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