Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door: Poetry at its Finest

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns n’ Roses, is a poetic master piece when broken down and analyzed piece by piece. The song stresses the novelty familial relationships and has a religious undertone to it.

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I’m 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

These lyrics paint a picture of a man (possibly a cowboy) who is down on his luck, and contemplating doing the unthinkable. He feels worthless as though he is a dead man walking, and maybe even contemplating killing himself. In addition, the soulful guitar playing in the background allows for one to be swept away into their own thoughts of life, and what is important to them. All in all, I would defend this song as poetry and I would recommend it to anyone in need of a good vibe session.

One thought on “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door: Poetry at its Finest

  1. Zack T

    I love this song and I agree that it is a good song to listen to for a good vibe session. I like the use of imagery in “cold black cloud” and metaphor of putting his guns in the ground.


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