Song of the Week: Guns N’ Roses: Paradise City

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Off of Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, comes the track that the legendary rock band would use to close most of their sets entitled “Paradise City.” Guitarist Slash says that the song was written in the back of a rental van on the way home from a show in San Francisco. Slash started the opening with the band quickly joining in. Vocalist Axl Rose sang, “Take me down to the Paradise City” and Slash finished it off with “Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.” The second time around Slash changed it to “Where the girls are fat and they’ve got big titties.” Slash wanted to use the latter, but the band decided against it and the rest is history.

The track has been used almost as often as another Guns N’ Roses hit “Welcome to the Jungle” in stadiums all over the world. It has also been covered by many different bands including Slash re-recording the track featuring Cypress Hill and Fergie in a kick-ass version of the song.

Guns N’ Roses: Paradise City

Guns N’ Roses: Paradise City Lyrics

[Chorus 2x:]
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

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 somethin’ to eat
I’ll pay you at another time
Take it to the end of the line

Ragz to richez or so they say
Ya gotta-keep pushin’ for the fortune and fame
It’s all a gamble
When it’s just a game
You treat it like a capital crime
Everybody’s doin’ their time

[Chorus:]
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

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

[Chorus:]
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

So far away [4x]

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 losin’ my mind—”Are you blind?”
I’ve seen it all a million times

[Chorus 2x:]
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

Home [2x]
I wanna go [2x]
Oh won’t you please take me home.
I wanna see,
Oh won’t you please take me home.

[Chorus:]
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