Paradise Lyrics

John Denver


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: John Prine
album: Track 3 in album Rocky Mountain High
release date: 1972
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Folk Rock/Folk
length: 2:20

Cover Art

John Denver Rocky Mountain High cover art
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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 are 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

And 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

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


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Rocky Mountain High
  • 2 Mother Nature‚Äôs Son
  • 3 Paradise
  • 4 For Baby (For Bobbie)
  • 5 Darcy Farrow
  • 6 Prisoners
  • 7 Goodbye Again
  • 8 Season Suite: Summer
  • 9 Season Suite: Fall
  • 10 Season Suite: Winter
  • 11 Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes to Mexico)
  • 12 Season Suite: Spring