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PARADISE (Muhlenberg County)

(G) G - C G / G C G C7 G / G - C G / G C G D7 G

When I was a child, my family would travel
Down to western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there`s a backwoods old town that`s often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn

And daddy, won`t you take be 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
Mr. 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 Adrien hill.
Where the air smelled like snakes, and we`d shoot with our
pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
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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.

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Words and music by John Prine, copyright 1971 Walden Music, Inc.
and Sour Grapes Music, all rights reserved.

Recorded on his first album, Voices from the Mountains

Paradise is - or was - an actual town in Eastern Kentucky before
the area was completely demolished by the Peabody Coal Company`s
stripping operations.
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