Ray Stevens
Piece of Paradise Called Tennessee
There must be a slice of heaven missing
A little must have fallen from the sky
How else can you explain that feeling you obtain
Just south of Kentucky and west of the Caroline
And the beauty of the mountains and the rivers
Flowing through the valley emerald green
We'll steal your heart away and make you want to stay
Nowhere can compare that I have ever seen

And the angels hover over Tennessee
And the stars form a shining canopy
And the moonshine in the hills where you'll never find those stills
And the hound dogs all sing in harmony
And the music's found a home in Tennessee
And it reaches out and touches you and me
And the rest of the world just wishes they could be this piece of paradise
No place half as nice
This piece of paradise called Tennessee

Whenever life starts getting to me and all my problems decide to appear
I remember how I felt when I was someplace else and I thank God that I can be right here
'Cause this ol' world is certainly not a perfect place
Everywhere you go you find that old rat race
And I've been all around and it's the best place I have found
The closest thing to heaven down here on the ground