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Paradise
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Paradise Chords And Lyrics By John Prine

Welcome to my Paradise chords and lyrics song page by John Prine where you'll find my acoustic guitar demo, purchase link for a full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf sheet you can download and some rhythm tips.

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.

Paradise
Chords And Lyrics
Demo, Tips & Pdf

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = 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
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, A7, G

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

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John Prine Official Website

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