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Knocking on Heavens Door Guitar Lessons, Chords – Bob Dylan


Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is a song by Bob Dylan, which has been covered by many artists, including Guns n Roses. The original version reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles list, and was voted #190 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

To play in the same key as Bob Dylan plays, keep your guitar in standard tuning. To play Knocking on Heavens Door in the key that the Guns n Roses version is played in, you will need to tune your guitar down a 1/2 step.

The song consists of four chords in the key of G major: G, D, Am7, and C. The basic pattern throughout the song is G-D-Am7-Am7 and then G-D-C-C, and this is repeated.

Knocking on Heavens Door Verse Chords (2x)

G; D; Am; Am;
G; D; C; C;

Knocking on Heavens Door Chorus Chords (4x)

G; D; C; C;

Knocking on Heavens Door Strumming pattern

D DDU or D DDU UDDDU (for Am and C double chords only).

Knocking on Heavens Door Lyrics

Intro

Verse 1
Mamma take this badge off-a me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s getting dark, too dark to see
Feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Chorus
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

Verse 2
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

Chorus
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

Outro

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