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Roland99

(53,342 posts)
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:45 PM Mar 2020

"Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man"

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
S44 E4402: John Prine
0:54:11 | Expires: 5/17/2020 | Episode
Savor an hour-long set with songwriting legend John Prine. The veteran musician performs songs from his critically acclaimed recent album The Tree of Forgiveness, as well as gems from his catalogue.

https://www.pbssocal.org/programs/austin-city-limits/john-prine-8tbu28/

(last song of the set)

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

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 Airdrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill

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

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

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

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

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

Songwriters: John Prine
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.



Just finished watching this in honor of his recovering from Covid-19

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"Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man" (Original Post) Roland99 Mar 2020 OP
kick for John! kentuck Mar 2020 #1
That song was played many a time when I was a kid Roland99 Mar 2020 #2
. struggle4progress Mar 2020 #3

Roland99

(53,342 posts)
2. That song was played many a time when I was a kid
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:36 PM
Mar 2020

My grandparents and aunts and uncles on my Dad's side were country. Although they weren't from Muhlenberg County...they were from the counties around Louisville but country just the same. Even back then I knew what the song was about.

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