Paradise Lyrics - Jackie DeShannon

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Release information
Release Date: 1972
remixer: Tom Dowd
producer: Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
bass: Mike Leech
background vocals: Charles Chalmers, Sandra Rhodes and Donna Rhodes
organ: Bobby Emmons
acoustic guitar: Jackie DeShannon
woodwind arranger: Arif Mardin
guitar: Johnny Christopher and Reggie Young
string quartet arranger: Arif Mardin
percussion: Bishop Heywood
piano: Bobby Wood
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

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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

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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

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12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Paradise
  • 2 Heavy Burdens Me Down
  • 3 Brand New Start
  • 4 Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  • 5 Laid Back Days
  • 6 Full Time Woman
  • 7 Vanilla O'Lay
  • 8 Would You Like to Learn to Dance
  • 9 I Won't Try to Put Chains on Your Soul
  • 10 I Wanna Roo You
  • 11 Peaceful in My Soul
  • 12 Anna Karina