A trip to Paradise with
Nancy Weiss, Kathy Carroll, Jerry Briggs and Ed O'Rear (They all brought bits and pieces of Paradise home to you)

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

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"Down by the Green River"

  © Nancy E Weiss 1998

"Where Paradise lay"

© Nancy E Weiss 1998
"Well I'm sorry my son, But you're too late in askin'"

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"Mr 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.

© Nancy E Weiss 1998

"Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel"


copyright Kathryn Carroll 1998

"And they tortured the timbers and stripped all the land"

© Jerry Briggs

"Well they dug for the coal 'til the land was forsaken'"

  copyright Kathryn Carroll 1998   

"Then they wrote it all down as a progress of man"

© Nancy E Weiss 1998

"When I die let my ashes float down the Green River"


copyright Jerry Briggs

"Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester Dam"

© Jerry Briggs 1998 "I'll be half way to heaven 
with Paradise waitin'
just five miles away from 
where ever I am"

To John Prine Avenue
To the Abandoned Old Prison Down by Airdrie Hill