These are By Far, the Saddest Songs You’ve Ever Heard

39. Bob Dylan – 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 I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door”

Bob Dylan’s song describes the feelings and impressions of a dying deputy who is not going to continue his role as a law enforcer. A cover version of his song was also sad.

Mama, put my guns in the ground, I can’t shoot them anymore, That long black cloud is comin’ down, I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

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In 1996, Dylan gave Scottish musician Ted Christopher the green light to record a new verse for the song which Christopher wrote in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre. This was a very occasion in which Dylan officially permitted someone to add to or change the lyrics to one of his songs.

The next song was played at every graduation ever since it came out.

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