Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bob Dylan

Like Dylan, Jerry Garcia varied the lyrics quite a bit, both with the Grateful Dead and with his solo bands. Thanks to Dan Franzen for his help with this.

This is the Grateful Dead's version from 8 July 1990:

Come take this badge off of me
I won't wear it any more
Now the sun is setting over me
And I feel like I'm knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door

Come put these guns in the ground
I can't shoot them any more
The sun is going down
And I believe I'm knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door

Come wipe these tears from my eyes
I can't shed them any more
The sun is setting in the western sky
People, I believe I must be knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Just like so many times before

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Just like so many times before
This is an earlier version, from the Jerry Garcia Band on 24 May 1976:
Come take this badge off of me
I can't wear it any more
It's getting too dark to see
And I feel like I must be knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door

Come take these guns off of me
You know I can't shoot them any more
It's getting too dark, you know it's much too dark to really see
And I feel like I must be knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
[etc]
This was the version Dylan sang with the Grateful Dead on 13 July 1987:
Mama, take this badge off of me
I can't use it any more
It's getting dark, too dark to see
I feel like I'm knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Just like so many times before

Mama, wipe the blood outa my eyes
I can't see through it any more
[indecipherable]
And I feel like I'm knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't fight them any more
That long black cloud is pulling down
I feel like I'm knocking on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door
[etc]
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     13 Jul 1987 Dylan And The Dead
     31 Dec 1987 Ticket To New Year's (video/DVD only)
     31 Mar 1988 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 2
      7 Jul 1989 Crimson, White and Indigo (DVD & CD)
     21 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     29 Mar 1990 Wake Up To Find Out (note 3)
      8 Jul 1990 View From The Vault (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     18 Sep 1990 Road Trips Number 2, Volume 1
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     15 Feb 1976 Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan Jerry Garcia Band
     21 May 1976 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
     18 Mar 1978 Pure Jerry 6: Warner Theatre Jerry Garcia Band
     28 Feb 1980 After Midnight Jerry Garcia Band
     26 Jun 1981 Garcia Live Volume 1.5 Jerry Garcia Band
     studio 1982 Run For The Roses Jerry Garcia Band (note 1)
     31 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry 2: Lunt-Fontanne Jerry Garcia Band
      2 Sep 1989 Pure Jerry 5: Merriweather Post Pavilion Jerry Garcia Band
     4/5 Feb 1993 Pizza Tapes Garcia/Grisman/Rice
 
Other Dead-Related Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     10 Jul 1980 The Ghosts Playing In The Heart Of Gold Band Heart Of Gold Band (note 2)
      1993 Dead Ringers Dead Ringers
     studio 1995 Furthur Ratdog
      1998 Welcome To Our World JGB (without Jerry)
Notes
(1) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia
(2) also on the compilations Double Dose and Heart Of Gold Band
(3) also included as part of box set Spring 1990 (The Other One)