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From the album Appetite for Destruction, Paradise City was a #5 Pop hit for Guns N' Roses in 1988.

Songwriter:
Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Saul Hudson & Izzy Stradlin


Guest Stars
Gary Hayes
J's Journal:
This is one of our most popular old songs despite an obvious glitch, my saying "Hey, uh, something just occurred to me ..." during the intro before the whistle. Why? I was talking in the studio to our producer, Karl, and telling him that I'd forgotten my whistle. We later inserted the whistle, but we forgot to take out my comment! We mixed down two versions of "Verynice City," one without the comment and one with the comment. And, wouldn't you know it, the opening vocal mix ("Take me up to the Verynice City ...") on the one without the comment wasn't nearly as good as the one with the comment. Unfortunately, we weren't using digital back then, and we were using rented equipment, so we had to choose between a great vocal mix with a strange comment or an inferior vocal mix without. The rest is history ... radical history, actually, because this track was originally the next to last track on "Radical History Tour" in the midst of a suite of songs about the endtimes: "Bad Dude Risin'," "Life in the Last Days," "Verynice City" and "Midnight Hour Pt. 2." I wish we could have called our parody "Paradise City," since it's a far more appropiate title for a song about the Holy City New Jerusalem, the new home for resurrected believers in Christ), than for Guns n' Roses' vision of Los Angeles. Of course, G-N-R's title was deliberately ironic. Consequently, since they'd already taken the best title, we settled for an ironic title: If we can't say the New Jerusalem is the Paradise City, you'll have to at least admit it's a Verynice City ... an incredible understatement, for sure! Part of the origin for this parody came when I was reading a Bible commentary about the dimensions of the New Jerusalem, and I was just blown away by it being 1500 miles high and 1500 miles wide, and I wanted to get that into a song. I also wanted to show how the listener can read more about it in Revelation 21. Special thanks to our friend Gary Hayes, who supplied the killer stratospheric Axl Rose impression in the call and response in the final chorus.
Stats:
Genre: Heavy Metal
Length: 6:02

Verynice City
Parody of "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses
(Revelation 21-22)

Take me up to the Verynice City
Where the Bible stops with a new beginning
in Revelation 21, yeah, yeah
Take me up to the Verynice City
Where thereís no more pain and thereís no more sinning
Take me home
A brand new earth and heaven thatís what I see, but
I know Revelationís tough to read
But, baby, there is a place in there that I wanna be
Iíll be there till the end of time
Everything is gonna be fine
All the Christians that have ever been
Will be liviní in the city New Jerusalem
You know, they gotta have a lot of room for them
They say itís 1,500 miles wide
And itís 1,500 miles high
CHORUS
Chapter 21 and 22 in Revelation
They got the trees for healiní the nations
They got a river in the middle of the street
Youíll never have to think about the judgment seat
Because the wrath of God is complete
CHORUS
Come home with me
Come home with me
Come home with me
Come home with me
After the devilís been thrown in the fire
Now we can all commence to start to praisiní God
Weíll be liviní in the city cominí down from the sky
Haviní a wonderful time
Whatíll we find?
Hah!
It hasnít even entered your mind!

Revelation 21:2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.


©1993 Parodudes Music, Inc.