Living in the Promiseland

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"Living in the Promiseland"
Single by Willie Nelson
from the album The Promiseland
B-side "Bach Minuet in G"[1]
Released February 1986
Genre Country
Length 3:18
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) David Lynn Jones
Producer(s) Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson singles chronology
"Me and Paul"
"Living in the Promiseland"
"I'm Not Trying to Forget You"
"Me and Paul"
"Living in the Promiseland"
"I'm Not Trying to Forget You"

"Living in the Promiseland" is a song written by David Lynn Jones, and recorded by American country music artist Willie Nelson. It was released in February 1986 as the first single from the album The Promiseland. "Living in the Promiseland" was Willie Nelson's twelfth number one single on the country chart as a solo artist, spending one week at number one and twenty weeks on the chart.[1]

In 1988, Jones recorded his own version of the song and included it as the b-side to his single "High Ridin' Heroes", a duet with Waylon Jennings which reached number 14 on the same chart.[2]

It was most recently recorded by Laura Black-Wines under the record label Subterra Records, and released in August 2017.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 295. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 212
  3. ^ "Willie Nelson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
Preceded by
"Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"
by The Forester Sisters
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 28, 1986
Succeeded by
"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)"
by Dan Seals
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 12, 1986