Originally written by the Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti for La Ragazza 77, alias Ambra Borelli, in 1968 as "Il paradiso della vita" ("The paradise of the life"), and later in 1969 for Patty Pravo as "Il Paradiso" ("The paradise"), it was translated into English by Jack Fishman. When it was offered to The Tremeloes as a potential single, they rejected it. It was recorded by Amen Corner as their debut single for their new record label, Immediate Records, and was produced by Shel Talmy. The most successful of the band's six hit singles, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1969, and number 34 when it was reissued in 1976.
There are two differing versions of the song by Amen Corner; one with orchestra and a prominent horn through the middle eight, and one version without either. However, the basic track and vocals appear the same in both.
In 1978, Northern Irish pop rock band Rosetta Stone recorded the song and released it as a single.
In 1987, Bucks Fizz member Cheryl Baker recorded the song and released it as a single.