Sharp Notes Monday: ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’

While our Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts music and social media project was on hiatus for the summer, we shared a song every Monday to start your week. We’ve decided to make Sharp Notes Monday a permanent feature.

Mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia this month provided a tragic reminder of the gun violence problem confronting the nation.

This week’s Sharp Notes Monday selection, Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” contains lyrics that apply to the victims of the shooting.

But the song, written for the 1973 western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, also includes a message that it is time to put guns away:

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

Click here to learn more about our Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts music and social media project and view videos of our presentations.



Categories: Jandoli Institute, Music and Social Justice, Politics, Pop Culture, Sharp Notes Monday, Sharp Notes Sharp Thoughts

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