“Paradise” – Sturgill Simpson and John Prine at GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, CA [YouTube Video]

LYRICS

Sturgill Simpson and John Prine “Paradise” Lyrics

When I was a child, my family would travel
Down to western Kentucky, where my parents were born
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 Mulenberg county
Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay
I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in askin’
Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Sometimes we travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Atry Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot with our pistol
But empty pop bottles was all that we kill

And daddy won’t you take me back to Mulenberg county
Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay
I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in askin’
Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Then the coal company came, with the world’s largest shovel
Where they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
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 Mulenberg county
Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay
I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in askin’
Mr. 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 Mulenberg county
Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay
I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in askin’
Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away
Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away
Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Rising country star Sturgill Simpson teamed up with legendary singer-songwriter John Prine for a faithful rendition of Prine’s 1971 song “Paradise.” Watch the performance above.

Recorded at the GRAMMY museum in Los Angeles, CA, Simpson and Prine sound like a natural fit together. The acoustic warmness of the song lends to the song’s earnest lyrics about strip mining destroying the Kentucky land.

Be sure to catch Sturgill in concert when he begins his North American tour in early August. For more music, news, and tour information about Sturgill Simpson, check out his Zumic artist page.

Source: The GRAMMYs YouTube