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.
[Chorus] 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