Dwight Yoakam Lyrics

When I was a boy, my family would travel
Down to western Kentucky where my parents were born
To a lost little town there that's all but 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?"
He said, "I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
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 Aidrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot our pistols
Oh, but empty pop bottles is all we would kill.


Well, the coal company came with the, world's largest shovel,
They tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Lord, they dug for their coal till the ground was forsaken
And wrote it all down as the, "Progress of man."


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 5 miles away from wherever I am

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHN PRINE

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Liselotte Hansen

Dwight Yoakam is my favourite country musician .

Mister Texas

My 2nd fave after the late Great Merle Haggard 🎶

H Bar J

Liselotte Hansen Wow. You’re beautiful!

Joseph M.


James West

Liselotte Hansen 💖💖💖

Joseph M.

Who Cares ????

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Joseph M.

SING IT SON.......That Dobro attacks my heart....Thanks Dwight.

david gerken

Say what you want.... this is what true country music is all about.. nobody can touch this boy... one of a kind and a if this song doesn’t make your hair raise up.. your not a true country boy... I won’t say no more 🥃🥃🥃🔥🔥💯

Graham Lau

I've been looking around at different covers of Prine's "Paradise". I've always been more on the fence with country music (like some, don't like some), but this version by Yoakam is definitely one of the best versions I've heard. I love John Prine, but this version is pretty damned close in how the music and the lyrics inspire the sensation of the loss of something due to our lack of foresight.

The Vineyard Band Macon GA

I still haven't heard randy Travis's version yet,heading there next! Love Dwight!

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