Johnny Cash - Paradise Lyrics

Johnny Cash The Adventures of Johnny Cash 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"

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

"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"

Track Listing
Vinyl 1
  • 1 Georgia on a Fast Train
  • 2 John’s
  • 3 Fair Weather Friends
  • 4 Paradise
  • 5 We Must Believe in Magic
  • 6 Only Love
  • 7 Good Old American Guest
  • 8 I’ll Cross Over Jordan Someday
  • 9 Sing a Song
  • 10 Ain’t Gonna Hobo No More


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Paul Rose
    album: Track 4 in album The Adventures of Johnny Cash
    release date: 1982-8
    popularity : 68 users have visited this page.
    genres: Blues Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country Blues/Country
    length: 3:11
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin