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John Prine Paradise Chords
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John Prine Paradise Chords And Lyrics

Here on this John Prine Paradise chords page I'll share with you some rhythm tips on playing this song. There is also a free downloadable pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with my free demo so you can watch me play the song from start to finish.

There are lyrics at the bottom of the page and if you need more help, there is a full tutorial lesson available for a small fee.

John Prine Paradise Chords
Demo Lyrics & Pdf

This song appears on his debut album from 1971. In the song John makes reference that he wants his ashes spread in the Green River in Kentucky where the town of Paradise Ky is located.

When John passed in 2020, half of his ashes were released in the river and the other half buried next to his parents.

You can play either a root down down root down down pattern or use a root down up down up root down up down up for the strumming and both will work. 

The John Prine Paradise chords needed here are: 

  • D
  • A7
  • G

The tuning here is Drop D tuning.


Paradise Song
Free Paradise Chords & Lyrics Sheet
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Paradise  - John Prine & Marty Stewart


John Prine Paradise Lyrics

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 were 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 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 'til 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
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

A great story in the video above from John Prine about the inspiration he received from his father about the small town called Paradise.

All you need to learn this song are on this page. The free John Prine Paradise chords and lyrics sheet, my demo and some strumming tips and you should be off to the races. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this info was helpful.

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