Paradise" is a song written by John Prine for his father, and recorded for his 1971 debut album, . Prine also re-recorded the song for his 1986 album, John Prine . The song is about the impact of German Afternoons coal mining both while in activity and what happens to the area around the Green River in Kentucky once the coal mining ends. The song references the Peabody Energy Corporation, and a now-defunct town called Paradise in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
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Jackie DeShannon recorded her version of "Paradise" for her 1972 album, Jackie, on Atlantic Records.
John Denver released a cover of "Paradise" on his 1972 album, . Rocky Mountain High
Tom T. Hall recorded his version of "Paradise" for his album, The Magnificent Music Machine.
Jim and Jesse recorded and performed the song in the early 1970s.
The Everly Brothers recorded a version for their 1973 album . Pass the Chicken & Listen
The Country Gentlemen recorded a version for their 1973 album The Country Gentlemen.
The Seldom Scene recorded a version for their 1973 album Act II.
Lynn Anderson recorded her version of "Paradise" for her 1976 album, . The song was also released as a single and peaked at No. 26 on the US Country chart. All the King's Horses A cover recorded by
Johnny Cash was used in the soundtrack of the 1981 TV movie The Pride of Jesse Hallam, which starred Cash in the title role. This version was later released on the compilation album [1 ] . Personal File "Paradise" was the end credit song for the film
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Tim Flannery, former baseball player, recorded a version of "Paradise" on his 1999 album "Pieces of the Past".
Jimmy Buffett has played "Paradise" twice in concert, in 2002 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati and again in 2008 at Riverbend. The 2008 Riverbend recording appears on Buffett's 2010 CD . Encores
Pat Green & Cory Morrow covered "Paradise" on their album Songs We Wish We'd Written, which was released in 2001.
Dwight Yoakam recorded the song on his 2004 compilation album, . This rendition is divided into two tracks. The first track has a slower tempo, while the second track has a faster tempo. Dwight's Used Records
Hayseed Dixie often include the song in their live setlist and vocalist John Wheeler (AKA Barley Scotch) has referred to it on several occasions as his favorite song ever recorded.
John Fogerty recorded a version as the lead off track for his 2009 album . The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
John Kadlecik performed this live in an acoustic performance 2011-06-22 at the New Deal Cafe, and can be both heard and downloaded legally from Archive.org
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