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PARADISE (John Prine) Recorded by : Lynn Anderson; Boone Creek; Janet Burgan; The Country Gentlemen; John Denver; Jackie DeShannon; The Everly Brothers; Tim Flannery; Pat Green; Jim & Jesse; Molasses Creek; Wayne Moore; John Prine; Rig the Jig; The Seldom Scene; Larry Stephenson; ... and others. When I was a child my family would travel Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered So many times that my memories are worn. Chorus: And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols But empty pop bottles was all we would kill. Repeat Chorus: Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man. Repeat Chorus: When I die let my ashes float down the Green River Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin' Just five miles away from wherever I am. Repeat Chorus:

    


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