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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 10:33 PM
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When I was child my family would travel down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
Edited on Mon Feb-16-09 10:38 PM by underpants
 
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Full version of the song at this link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fNcU2PklYY
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 11:16 PM
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1. and Daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County, down by the Green River
where Paradise lay?

Sorry my son you are too late in askin
Mr Peabody's coal train done hauled it away.


The worlds largest shovel is a monster.
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 11:38 PM
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3. The site of this song is a reactor now.
This summer, I was visiting Muhlenburg County and noticed a little road on the map that led from the highway to a place called "Paradise" on the Green River. So being a Pryne fan, I followed that road, hoping to find the backward old town he sang about. The drive took me through the Peabody Wildlife Conservation area and several coal yards. Finally, at the very end of the road, I discovered that after Mr. Peabody's coal train done hauled the town of Paradise away, they left a three-towered nuclear reactor behind them.

So it's even worse than the picture Pryne painted. Not only is Paradise destroyed, nuclear hell now sits by the Green River, waiting.

No wonder the air there smells like snakes.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 11:46 PM
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4. Wow really??
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-17-09 06:34 AM
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5. I grew up near there (30 miles south, more or less) and did not know this
I shall have to ask my sister about that. Somewhere in my boxes of photos I have some photos of those humongeous shovels.

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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-16-09 11:37 PM
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2. I love me some John Prine
Thanks, it has been a long time since I have heard that song and the pictures were perfect.
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