Who Sang Paradise? John Prine

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Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: John Prine
release date: 1971
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock/Folk/Acoustic/Country
length: 3:13
producer: Arif Mardin
lead vocals: John Prine
background vocals: Steve Goodman
acoustic guitar: John Prine and Steve Goodman
bass guitar: Neal Rosengarden
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 Airdrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill

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

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



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Illegal Smile
  • 2 Spanish Pipedream
  • 3 Hello in There
  • 4 Sam Stone
  • 5 Paradise
  • 6 Pretty Good
  • 7 Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  • 8 Far From Me
  • 9 Angel From Montgomery
  • 10 Quiet Man
  • 11 Donald and Lydia
  • 12 Six O'Clock News
  • 13 Flashback Blues

  • Album Information
    label: Atlantic
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin