All my heroes have gone to heaven
where all them saints wear flaming shoes
the junkies and the whores are behind them pearly doors
i guess i'm going to go to heaven too

now all my heroes have gone to heaven
where all them richeous joes take to shoveling coal
the killers and the cons
the pushers and the pawns
with halos, wings just hovering over paths of gold

so mama don't you cry
when i'm dead and gone
cause jesus loves his sinners
and heaven is a honky tonk

now all my heros have gone to heaven
the liars and the gamblers and the fools
the drunkards and the thieves
all wearing silk upon their sleeves
and every gal is like a silver pearl in bloom

so mama don't you cry
when i'm dead and gone
cause jesus loves his sinners
and heaven is a honky tonk

so mama don't you cry
when i'm dead and gone
cause jesus loves his sinners
and heaven is a honky tonk
and heaven is a honky tonk


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    General CommentThis is the Austin City Limits version of the song, but there's also live versions which substitute the line "the pushers and the pawns" for "the pussies and the johns".

    On ACL he describes he was inspired to write this after seeing Townes Van Zandt perform about three months before his death. A few months after that, Johnny Cash died and this song was born.
    robadonkadonkon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust one mistake in the lyrics on this one I believe. I believe its "let all them saints wear flaming shoes" and "let all them righteous joes take to shoveling coal"....not "where".

    anyway This is a beautiful song and I prefer the ACL version for sure.
    folkisnotdeadon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamazing song
    0jadith0on July 27, 2008   Link

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