At BeeOasis.com, we recently published a short story about Bob Dylan’s song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” Dylan wrote the song at a low point in his musical career, but as fate would have it, the song actually marked a turning point for him. Before the song:
By 1970, his career had reached a low. On June 8th, he released the album “Self-Portrait,” and critics hated it. On June 9th, Princeton University gave him an honorary doctorate in music. But some thought he was a musical thing of the past. It looked like it was “song over” for Bob Dylan.
Then after the song came out:
It’s short, only 80 words. (One of Dylan’s songs is over 1,000 words long.) But this little song became one of his biggest hits. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Over time, many artists covered the song including, Guns N’ Roses, Eric Clapton, and U2. Today, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” is listed among the “Top 100 Western Songs” of all time.