Patrick Paraggio
(Johnny's 40) Shades of Green
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Heard the images on the broadcast bygone evening
tubes resonate with views I've never seen
now I want to take a trip to that lone island
and feast my eyes on Johnny's 40 Shades of Green

The map he left seems suitable to guide me
I might have glimpsed his girl there in one of my dreams
a sparkle in her eyes, they kept smiling
as she walked me out on 40 Shades of Green

Shades of Green, I'm coming
so prepare yourself for me
I've got expectations
from what Johnny passed to me
If you're not gonna make it
kindly don't rsvp
'cause my mind's on Johnny's 40 Shades of Green

The mountains turning purple under twilight
the mist hides the lowlands from casual peeks
If you ever take the time to go and find them
you can't miss Johnny's 40 Shades of Green

The flowers blooming crazy on the hillside
like frosting on a cake made for your feet
I've never seen the likes of this come up where I'm from
who knew that there were 40 Shades of Green


If you can't make the trip to Emerald Island
might I suggest you look to yonder peaks
if you've the mind to take the time to go and find them
Appalachia's got it's 40 Shades of Green

copyright 2004
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Story Behind the Song:
Written after Johnny Cash passed, when I first heard his song 40 Shades of Green.
Lyric Credits: Patrick A. Paraggio
Music Credits: Patrick A. Paraggio
Producer Credits: Patrick A. Paraggio
Publisher Credits: Patrick A. Paraggio
Performance Credits: Patrick A. Paraggio and Nicholas G. Paraggio
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Song Length: 4:02
Primary Genre: Folk-Traditional
Secondary Genre: -
Similar Artist 1: Johnny Cash