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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-14-08 11:08 PM
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43. Paradise
Edited on Wed May-14-08 11:12 PM by Usrename
By John Prine, Walden Music, Adapted by A. Moock

When I was a child my parents would travel
Down to Western Kentucky, where my parents were born
There's a backwards old town there that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn

And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well I'm sorry my son but you're too late in asking
Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

And sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison up by Adree Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill


Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
They tortured the timber and they stripped all the land
They dug for their coal 'til the land was forsaken
And they wrote it all down as the progress of man


When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul float on up to the Rochester Dam
I'll be half way to heaven with Paradise waiting
Just a half mile away from wherever I am


on edit> I remember the chorus a little differently:

well I'm a sorry man, son, but your too late in asking,
Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
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  - K&R.n/t  myrna minx   May-14-08 07:08 AM   #1 
  - Right.  rosesaylavee   May-14-08 07:09 AM   #2 
  - K&R (nt)  frickaline   May-14-08 07:13 AM   #3 
  - I have a few things for you to read...  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 07:14 AM   #4 
  - Thank you for the  H2O Man   May-14-08 07:26 AM   #5 
  - You're very welcome  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 07:29 AM   #6 
     - Wyoming and coal  RichardRay   May-14-08 08:27 AM   #17 
  - Thank you for this post.  rosesaylavee   May-14-08 07:38 AM   #9 
  - One of the reason's I support Sen Obama is his open mind. It will be up to us  mod mom   May-14-08 07:58 AM   #16 
  - Funny how Hillary in her speech last night quoted the bible "Faith can move a Mountain"  MagickMuffin   May-14-08 07:31 AM   #7 
  - Thank you for this thread H2O.  Marrah_G   May-14-08 07:32 AM   #8 
  - Both Clinton and Obama  H2O Man   May-14-08 07:46 AM   #12 
  - More reasons to fight coal-powered power plalnts.  patrice   May-14-08 07:41 AM   #10 
  - there is no way we will get around using more coal in the near future. It's an absolute certainty  cryingshame   May-14-08 07:54 AM   #14 
  - Link To The Film's Site:  WillyT   May-14-08 07:41 AM   #11 
  - Thanks!  H2O Man   May-14-08 08:50 AM   #22 
     - Anytime O, Anytime...  WillyT   May-14-08 08:44 PM   #42 
  - Apparently Obama has been listening to people in the Environmental Movement  MagickMuffin   May-14-08 07:50 AM   #13 
  - One of the main reasons  H2O Man   May-14-08 12:53 PM   #38 
  - RFK Jr's The True Cost of Coal (No such thing as "clean coal"!)  mod mom   May-14-08 07:56 AM   #15 
  - So what are you saying exactly?  mmonk   May-14-08 08:32 AM   #18 
  - I found some of  H2O Man   May-14-08 08:45 AM   #20 
     - Thanks. Got it.  mmonk   May-14-08 08:50 AM   #21 
     - I'd like to see  H2O Man   May-14-08 09:09 AM   #25 
        - That would be most excellent.  mmonk   May-14-08 09:25 AM   #27 
     - Respectfully...  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 11:12 AM   #30 
        - I can't speak to your feelings about Senator Obama and WV  RichardRay   May-14-08 12:33 PM   #34 
        - In his book  H2O Man   May-14-08 12:51 PM   #36 
           - Thank you for offering to pass this along  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 01:54 PM   #39 
              - Thank you  H2O Man   May-14-08 02:07 PM   #40 
                 - Paradise  Usrename   May-14-08 11:08 PM   #43 
  - I Am Curious As To Why He Didn't Spend More Time In W Va.  Me.   May-14-08 08:39 AM   #19 
  - It's a good question.  H2O Man   May-14-08 09:17 AM   #26 
  - Not enough time to make up serious ground  SoonerPride   May-14-08 09:29 AM   #28 
  - It wasn't meaningless to US  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 12:03 PM   #32 
  - I Think The Week Of Time Limitation  Me.   May-14-08 12:22 PM   #33 
  - What was he going to do? Cut it to 35 percent?  theboss   May-14-08 09:32 AM   #29 
  - I have been reading up on mountain-top removal and it's horrible  Blue_Roses   May-14-08 08:50 AM   #23 
  - Thank you for that link.  H2O Man   May-14-08 08:58 AM   #24 
  - A friendly kick for a worthy thread.  theHandpuppet   May-14-08 11:51 AM   #31 
  - k & r  spanone   May-14-08 12:44 PM   #35 
  - K&R  anonymous171   May-14-08 12:52 PM   #37 
  - K & R  Scurrilous   May-14-08 02:55 PM   #41 
  - Great post H2O Man. K&R  Tom Rinaldo   May-14-08 11:44 PM   #44 
  - Sir...please! I am fully aware, of your position with respect to Barack Obama...  bridgit   May-15-08 01:23 AM   #45 
  - K and R  McCamy Taylor   May-15-08 02:12 AM   #46 

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