Rose in Paradise

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"Rose in Paradise"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album Hangin' Tough
B-side "Crying Don't Even Come Close"
Released January 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label MCA
Writer(s) Jim McBride
Stewart Harris
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"What You'll Do When I'm Gone"
"Rose in Paradise"
"Fallin' Out"

"Rose in Paradise" is a song written by Stewart Harris and Jim McBride, and recorded by American country music artist Waylon Jennings. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from the album Hangin' Tough. "Rose in Paradise" was Waylon Jennings' twelfth number one country single. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country chart. Recording country artist Chris Young has a remake of the song as a duet with Willie Nelson from the album "The Man I Want to Be".[1]

Song plot[edit]

The song is about a beautiful young woman named Rose, who is courted by and eventually marries a rich banker. After promising her a carefree life of luxury, the banker reveals himself to be a possessive, jealous man and keeps her locked away at their home, said to be a large, lavishly-styled mansion with a large estate. The banker is a humble, soft-spoken, milquetoast individual ... except when the conversation turns to Rose, when he declares he "would walk through Hell on Sunday, to keep my Rose in Paradise."

The banker hires a gardener to tend to the estate's landscaping needs ... and to keep an eye on Rose while he (the banker) makes his frequent extended business trips. Eventually, Rose disappears under mysterious circumstances ... either they ran away together or Rose had died and disappeared without a trace, never to be seen again. Late in the song, the banker retires to his estate, apparently suffering from a late-life illness and rarely leaving as he simply spends his days sitting and staring at his garden and the mansion falling into disrepair around him.


Chart (1987) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 176. 
  2. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Waylon Jennings.

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Preceded by
"Kids of the Baby Boom"
by The Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 25, 1987
Succeeded by
"Don't Go to Strangers"
by T. Graham Brown
Preceded by
""You've Got" the Touch"
by Alabama
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 2, 1987