Broken Promise Land

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"Broken Promise Land"
Mark Chesnutt - Broken Promise Land cd single.png
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album Too Cold at Home
B-side "Friends In Low Places"[1]
Released October 1991
Format CD Single, 7"
Recorded 1990
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Bill Rice, Sharon Vaughn
Producer(s) Mark Wright
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Your Love Is a Miracle"
"Broken Promise Land"
"Old Flames Have New Names"
"Your Love Is a Miracle"
"Broken Promise Land"
"Old Flames Have New Names"

"Broken Promise Land" is a song co-written by Bill Rice and Sharon Vaughn and recorded by country music singer Waylon Jennings in 1985 for his album Turn the Page as "The Broken Promise Land". Mark Chesnutt recorded a cover of the song in 1990. It was Chesnutt's fifth and final single released from his debut album Too Cold at Home. It peaked at #10 in the United States, and #7 in Canada in their respective Country Music charts.


The song begins with the narrator and a woman he shouldn't be with in a motel room. He calls his wife, who believes he's on a business trip, out of guilt and tells her he'll be gone a bit longer. In the chorus the narrator refers to where he's at is called Broken Promise Land. When the narrator returns home, he finds his wife has left, her wedding ring on the floor. He says that she's going to Broken Promise Land as well.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 75


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2034." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 25, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mark Chesnutt Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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