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‘Knocking on Heavens Door'

The Chords


There are some 'clever' chords and runs we can do in the Chorus of this song as well...
To help explain the 'Am run' and the 'C run' take a listen below...
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So let's start building the song...

It mainly has the chord pattern of;


              G G D D |  Am Am Am Am|

          G G D D | C C C C ||

This fits the Verse fine...but let's make it a little more special for the Chorus...


          G G D D |  Am run     |

          G G D D | C run        ||

  • The 'Am run' has the chord played twice with the third finger, then twice with the second finger

  • The 'C run' has the chord played as 'C' (once),  then slide up to the 5th  fret (played once), then the 7th fret (played twice)


So let's put that together with the lyric...

Knockin on Heavens Door

Verse 1
 G            D                            Am

    Mama take this badge from me
G            D              C

     I can't use it anymore
G                    D                       Am

     It's getting dark too dark to see
G                        D                              C

     Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

G                      D                                Am

   Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door…
G                      D                                C

   Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door..(repeat)

Verse 2

G           D                            Am

   Mama put my guns in the ground
G           D                      C

   I can't shoot them anymore
G                         D                      Am

   That cold black cloud is comin' down
G                      D                               C

   Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door…



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