Thunder on the Mountain

"Thunder on the Mountain" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 2006 as the first track on his album Modern Times.

The song, alongside "Someday Baby", has had considerable success, garnering more airtime than any other track on the album.

Dylan references his former residence, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan and a former resident, Alicia Keys. He was inspired to write the song after admiring Keys' performance at the Grammys.[1]

The song alludes to the bible, with Dylan playing the role of the archangel Gabriel blowing his horn.[2]

Prompted by Dylan, American rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson recorded a country version of the song that was released as a single in 2011. The name "Jerry Lee" was substituted for "Alicia Keys".[3]


  1. ^ Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2015). Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. Hachette UK. ISBN 9780316353533.
  2. ^ Lieb, Michael; Mason, Emma; Roberts, Jonathan (2013). The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible. OUP Oxford. p. 365. ISBN 9780199670390.
  3. ^ "Wanda Jackson "Thunder on the Mountain"". 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2017.