#03027
Paradise (John Prine) video
#1625: YouTube video by drivermciver
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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.

####.... © John Prine [b.1946] Maywood, Illinois ....####
Originally recorded by John Prine on his self-titled debut, often referred to as the Haystack album from the cover with Prine seated on a stack of three bales of hay (John Prine, trk#5, 1971, Atlantic Records, produced by Arif Mardin, American Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee).

The video above features a variant arranged by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.


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