Paradise City
Guns N' Roses Lyrics


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Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home (oh, won't you please take me home)
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home (oh, won't you please take me home)

Just a urchin livin' under the street
I'm a hard case that's tough to beat
I'm your charity case so buy me something to eat
I'll pay you at another time
Take it to the end of the line

Rags to riches or so they say
Ya gotta keep pushin' for the fortune and fame
You know it's, it's all a gamble when it's just a game
Ya treat it like a capital crime
Everybody's doin' the time

Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home, yeah yeah
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home

Strapped in the chair of the city's gas chamber
Why I'm here I can't quite remember
The surgeon general says it's hazardous to breathe
I'd have another cigarette but I can't see
Tell me who you're gonna believe

Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home, yeah yeah
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home, yeah yeah

So far away
So far away
So far away
So far away

Captain America's been torn apart
Now he's a court jester with a broken heart
He said "turn me around and take me back to the start"
I must be losing my mind "are you blind?"
I've seen it all a million times

Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home, yeah yeah
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home, yeah yeah
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home

I wanna go, I wanna go
Oh, won't you please take me home
I wanna see how good it can be
Oh, won't you please take me home
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home
Take me down, lead me 'round
Oh, won't you please take me home

I wanna see, what a woman can be
Oh, won't you please take me home
I wanna see, what a woman can be (oh, oh take me home)
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home




I wanna go, I wanna know
Oh, won't you please take me home, yeah baby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Guns N' Roses's "Paradise City" speak of the desire for a better life, for something more than what the singer currently has. He wants to be taken to a place where the grass is green, and the girls are pretty, which represents a place of happiness and contentment. The singer describes himself as an urchin, living under the street, and a hard case that's tough to beat. He sees himself as a charity case and asks for help but promises to pay back in the future. The song also touches on the concept of Rags to Riches, where one has to keep pushing for fortune and fame. The singer sees this as a gamble but is willing to do whatever it takes to make his dreams come true.


The song's mood shifts when the singer speaks of being in the chair of the city's gas chamber, and he can't remember why he's there. This line creates a sense of danger and mystery, making the listener wonder what happened. The song also challenges the credibility of those in power, with the surgeon general warning about the hazards of breathing while the singer wants to smoke a cigarette but can't see. The song ends with the singer pleading to be taken down to paradise city, where he can see how good life can be.


Overall, "Paradise City" is a song about wanting something more, something better, and the willingness to take risks to achieve it. The song has a fast tempo, powerful guitar solos, and a catchy chorus, making it a classic hard rock song.


Line by Line Meaning

Take me down to the paradise city
The singer wants to be taken to a place (paradise city) where everything is perfect.


Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
The paradise city is a place where nature and women are beautiful.


Take me home (oh, won't you please take me home)
The singer is desperate to be taken to this perfect place and is pleading with someone to take them there.


Just a urchin livin' under the street
The artist is poor and homeless, living on the streets.


I'm a hard case that's tough to beat
The artist is a tough person who has faced many challenges and hardships.


I'm your charity case so buy me something to eat
The singer is asking for help and is willing to pay back the person who helps them.


I'll pay you at another time
The singer is unable to pay the person back immediately but promises to do so later.


Take it to the end of the line
The artist is asking the person to trust them and take a chance on helping them.


Rags to riches or so they say
People say that it is possible to go from being poor (rags) to being wealthy (riches).


Ya gotta keep pushin' for the fortune and fame
One must work hard and persevere in order to achieve wealth and fame.


You know it's all a gamble when it's just a game
Success is not guaranteed and it often depends on luck and chance.


Ya treat it like a capital crime
The artist is saying that people treat failure (not achieving wealth and fame) as if it is a serious crime.


Everybody's doin' the time
Everyone who is trying to achieve success is facing hardships and struggles.


Strapped in the chair of the city's gas chamber
The singer feels trapped and helpless, as if they are about to be executed.


Why I'm here I can't quite remember
The singer can't explain why they are in this situation or how they got there.


The surgeon general says it's hazardous to breathe
The artist is using this line as an analogy to suggest that the world they live in is a dangerous place to be.


I'd have another cigarette but I can't see
The artist is saying that they are unable to see the good things in life that they used to enjoy (like smoking a cigarette).


Tell me who you're gonna believe
The singer is asking who they should trust, since everything around them is uncertain and unreliable.


So far away
The perfect, paradise city that the singer desires is far away and seemingly out of reach.


Captain America's been torn apart
This line is a metaphor for the idea that heroes and symbols of hope can be destroyed or ruined.


Now he's a court jester with a broken heart
The artist is saying that even heroes can be reduced to powerless, pathetic figures.


He said 'turn me around and take me back to the start'
The artist is expressing a desire to return to a time before everything fell apart and life was more innocent or positive.


I must be losing my mind 'are you blind?'
The singer is feeling confused and frustrated with their situation, and is questioning if others can see how bad things really are.


I've seen it all a million times
The artist has experienced many struggles and hardships in their life.


I wanna go, I wanna know
The singer is expressing a strong desire to experience the paradise city they imagine.


Oh, won't you please take me home, yeah baby
The singer is still begging for someone to help take them to this ideal place.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Hudson Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, W. Axl Rose

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