500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Bob Dylan, 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'
Producer: Gordon Carroll
Released: July '73, Columbia
16 weeks; No. 12
Three years had passed since his last studio album, and Dylan seemed at a loss. So he accepted an invitation to go to Mexico for Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, for which he shot a bit part (in the role of "Alias") and did the soundtrack. For a death scene, Dylan delivered this tale of a dying sheriff, who wants only to lay his "guns in the ground."
Appears on: The Essential Bob Dylan (Sony)