Paradise

John Prine

3/4 Time

 CFC
    When I was a child my family would travel,
 CAmGC
    down to western Kentucky where my parents were born.
 FCF
    There's a backwards old town that's often remembered,
 GC
    so many times that my memories are worn.

 CFC
    And Daddy won't you take me back to Mulemberg County.
 AmGC
    Down by the Green River where paradise lay.
 FC
    I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in askin'
 AmGC
    Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.

 CFC
    Well sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
 CAmGC
    to an abandoned old prison down by Ebrie Hill.
 FC
    Where the air smelled like snakes we'd shoot with our pistols,
 GC
    but empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
(Chorus)

 CFC
    Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel,
 AmGC
    and they tortured the timber and stripped all the land.
 FC
    Well they dug for their coal 'till the land was forsaken,
 AmGC
    then wrote it all down as the progress of man.
(Chorus)

 CFC
    When I die let my ashes flow down the Green River.
 AmGC
    Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester Dam.
 FC
    I'll be halfway to heaven with paradise waitin'
 GC
    just five miles away from wherever I am.
(Chorus)



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williewalker (report comment to admin):
John plays this song in D....