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Paradise Chords

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PARADISE by John Prine
This just sounded a lot better to me that the previous version posted

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

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And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
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Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
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Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
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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 Adrie 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 waiting
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
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stratomaster123 51 Jan 07, 2010 04:50 PM

excellent. I really like this song and you did a great job with it.

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relayer1 57 Feb 02, 2017 09:58 PM

I've played this song for decades, and had long ago forgotten that the real name was Paradise. Everyone just called it Mulenberg County (about 60 miles from where I live).

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redferntony1 10 May 01, 2017 07:13 AM

I use to play this when i was 20 - i am now 65 and playing again, and ran across it - funny

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