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"Paradise" Revisited

04/26/2020 9:26 PM | Anonymous

Listen to this song from D. Mark Durrett.

“Paradise” Revisited By Misfits, with apologies to John Prine 

When I was a child my family would travel Down to western Wake County where my parents had played And there’s some rocky old trails that are often remembered So many times that my memories did fade.

And daddy won't you take me back to western Wake County Near RDU runways where paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking The airport authority done gave it away

Well, sometimes we'd travel to the outskirts of Cary To the gnome-crafted trails off Old Reedy Creek Road Where the air smelled like sludge but it just didn’t matter ‘cause bikin’ and hikin’ was the travelin’ mode And daddy won't you take me back to western Wake County Near RDU runways where paradise lay

Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking The airport authority done gave it away Then Wake Stone company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their rocks ‘till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.

And daddy won't you take me back to western Wake County Near RDU runways where paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking

The airport authority done gave it away The airport got pissy, like a grumpy old neighbor And they built a big wall to keep the tree huggers out

Well, they claimed it was better with no hikers and bikers “It is best for their safety and nature,” they’d shout And daddy won't you take me back to western Wake County Near RDU runways where paradise lay

Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking The airport authority done gave it away When I die let my ashes float down Crabtree Creek Let my soul roll on up to the Oddfellow’s Tract I'll be halfway to Heaven with 286 waitin'

Just hopin’ this song made somebody react And daddy won't you take me back to western Wake County Near RDU runways where paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking The airport authority done gave it away

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