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John Prine takes all sorts of poetic liberties. Today Paradise Plant No.3 is a power generating station that stands on the former location of Paradise Ky. Also, the "abandoned old prison down by Airdrie Hill" is actually an abandoned iron works: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6X_Old_Airdrie_Ironworks. The song is partly a lament of the environmental impact of mining but I think it is also about nostalgia for things that we knew in childhood but are now gone forever. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 04:33, 29 December 2011 (UTC) "nostalgia for things that we knew in childhood but are now gone forever" Like My_City_Was_Gone by The Pretenders — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:45, 28 September 2015 (UTC)