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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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