Warren Zevon sings Bob Dylan


“This is a song by my hero”
– Warren Zevon (intro to Dark Eyes in Cleveland, 2000)

We have done a couple of posts earlier of Bob Dylan doing Zevon’s songs, This time we look at Warren Zevon’s renditions of Bob Dylan’s songs. He has done quite a few and they are wonderful.

I found 5 Dylan songs in his repertoire, if there are more, please tell me in the comments.

Let us start with Warren’s last Dylan song, his heart breaking performance of Knocking on Heavens Door.


Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Warren Zevon – Knocking on heavens door (audio):

Warren Zevon in the studio recording “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” with Billy Bob Thorton and friends.

Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside
They’re drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide
I live in another world where life and death are memorized
Where the earth is strung with lovers’ pearls and all I see are dark eyes

Warren Zevon – Dark Eyes (Live in Cleveland, OH, 2000):

Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An’ for each an’ ev’ry underdog soldier in the night
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Warren Zevon – Chimes Of Freedom (Philadelphia PA, 2000):

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”

Warren Zevon – All Along The Watchtower (Aspen CO, 1996):

Ring them bells, ye heathen
From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries
’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride

Warren Zevon – Ring Them Bells (Live in Denver CO, 1996):

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4 thoughts on “Warren Zevon sings Bob Dylan”

  1. As stephen lyme, Zevon cut two singles with Fairfax High classmate Violet “cybelle” Santangelo for White Whale. The A-side to the second was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”.

  2. heaven’s door makes me cry everytime!! he really was knockin’ on that big door!! warren’s awesome!!thanks for the great post☺☺

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