Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid

Friday, March 26, 2010

Yesterday, the last song on my running mix was Guns 'N Roses singing "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." For some reason, listening to that song it occurred to me how exciting it must be for an artist like Bob Dylan to hear a song you'd written taken on new lives with new singers. I imagine Dylan, who was touring with the Dead circa 1987 when the G 'N R version came out, must of laughed with joy the first time he heard a fully-produced Axl Rose crooning his lyrics--I mean, really what fun, right?

Back in December, I was introduced to Bob Dylan's soundtrack to the movie Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, which "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" first appeared on. Prior to that I'd only ever heard the song alone and out of context. The soundtrack has become one of my favorite Dylan albums (Nashville Skyline is still my favorite). I am hopelessly in love with Gillian Welch's live cover of Billy, if you can get your hands on it, do--it'll make your day. Me, I've got the film in my Netflix queue to be watched soon.


Rob said...

hi there - not sure how I got here but here I am. I haven't heard the GW Billy but Billy 1, strangely enough, is the best song to play after a break up or when something has gone wrong. A snippet of Pat Garrett is also in the Royal Tennanbaum's movie... cheers. Rob in


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