Warren Zevon-Knocking on Heaven's Door





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Published on May 14, 2008

Track three of Warren Zevon: The Wind

This song was written by Bob Dylan, but Zevon performed it because of his cancer.

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    • The Wind
  • Writers

    • Bob Dylan
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    • Koch Entertainment (on behalf of Vanguard); SOLAR Music Rights Management, Sony ATV Publishing, UBEM, Audiam (Publishing), CMRRA, and 5 Music Rights Societies

Comments • 442

Thomas Hofheinz
Just found a great quotation! David Letterman: "So, Warren, are you a fan of Bob Dylan." Warren Zevon: "Of course, Dave. He invented my job."
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Kat Harper
Can any of you imagine the sheer raw courage it took for Warren to perform this song? To not only sing it with his usual strength and passion, but to drag it forth from the very depths of his soul, fuelled by the insight that he was, indeed, "knockin' on heaven's door"? Brave? Oh yes, that he most certainly was. But he was also incredibly unselfish, knowing with the often astonishing insight which was Warren's hallmark throughout most of his life, that this song, recorded by him at such a time, would be an inspiration to others facing their final days. I only hope when it comes my turn to knock on heaven's door, that I will do it with even one one hundredth of his courage and grace. And that Warren himself will be there to ".. open up for me".
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Patrick Miller
Warren Zevon is definitely not underrated. Everyone who has ever heard him knows he's the songwriter's songwriter. Equal to Dylan, Springsteen, Waits, Hyatt, Van Zant, Prine... He's not underrated but underappreciated. 
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Took 30 years and a dying man to get this song right.
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Robert Mucci
I am very big Bob Dylan fan, and there are some really, really good versions of "Knockin" by Dylan out there...I can even give the GNR version a twirl, depending on what kind of mood I am in, and enjoy it....But because of circumstances in Zevon's life when he cut this...man, hard to top this one, for me...Especially when he says "Open up open up for me" at end...wow...
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Chase Graham
Will always be one of the most underrated musicians ever
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Doug Wittrock
Went out with his boots on and a smile and a great attitude. Enjoy every sandwich.
George Gibson
Best version of the song.
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bought a notepad at a thrift store, and inside the cover it reads, "When the day comes and I leave this planet, a song in my honor - Keep me in your Heart by Warren Zevon.
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Andrew Gillen
One of the great songwriters of the last 50 years, a true ROCKER, with a Heart of Gold.  Warren did not suffer Fools but he was brutally honest with clear intelligent eyes that could cut through to the truth of the situation.  He was also a consummate musician, a true craftsman that never stopped working.  The world is better off for having him in it.  I am blessed to have had the opportunity to see him live many times and to hang and talk with him too.  RIP Warren, Thanks for the life lessons.
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