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Paradise

by Sturgill Simpson

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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 backward 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 'til 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

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released April 30, 2021
Miles Miller: Drums
Mike Bub: Bass
Scott Vestal: Banjo
Sierra Hull: Mandolin
Stuart Duncan: Fiddle
Tim O'Brien: Guitar
Mark Howard: Guitar
Sturgill Simpson: Vocal and Guitar
Background Vocals: Everyone!

Recorded and Mixed by Sean Sullivan and David Ferguson
Produced by David Ferguson, Co-Produced by Sturgill Simpson

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