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Until it's Time for You to Go


(Buffy Sainte-Marie)



Buffy Sainte-Marie, who was born on a Cree Indian Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, wrote Until it's Time for You to Go in 1965 and recorded it for her album Many a Mile. That same year, Monkee member Michael Nesmith, using the pseudonym Michael Blessing, recorded a version of the song on Colpix Records (Colpix 792). In the United Kingdom the Four Pennies reached #19 with their recording. In late 1970 composer Sainte-Marie finally released a single of her song (Vanguard 35116), but it failed to chart. Earlier that year, Neil Diamond (Uni 55204) reached #53 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. A recording of Until it's Time for You to Go by New Birth (RCA 0003) did less well in 1973 (#97).


Elvis often sang Until it's Time for You to Go on tour and in Las Vegas in the 1970s. MGM filmed one of his performances in April 1972, for inclusion in the documentary Elvis on Tour. Its probable that the single release of the song was recorded at RCA's Nashville studios on May 17, 1971, although RCA claims that it's from the June 8, 1971, session. Elvis's recording reached #40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and stayed on the chart for nine weeks. It reached #68 on the country chart (for two weeks), and #9 on the Easy-Listening chart (for seven weeks).



You're not a dream, you're not an angel, you're a woman

I'm not a king, I'm just a man, take my hand
We'll make a space in this life that we planned
And here we'll stay until it's time for you to go

Yes, we're different, worlds apart, we're not the same
We laughed and played at the start like in a game
You could have stayed outside my heart, but in you came
And here you'll stay until it's time for you to go

1. Don't ask why, don't ask how
Don't ask forever, love me

Love me, love me, love me now


2. This love of mine had no beginning, it has no end
I was an oak, now I'm a willow, now I can bend
And though I'll never in my life see you again
And still (here)
Ill stay until it's time for you to go


1. 2. (repeat)

Yes, Ill stay until its time for you to go


Where it was released:

First released on single 



- Until it's Time for You to Go / We Can Make the Morning (RCA 74-0619) January 1972. Standard release

- An American Trilogy / Until it's Time for You to Go (RCA 477-0685) May 1973. Gold standard series original release.

- Until it's Time for You to Go / U.S. Male (Collectables DPE1-1017 4517) December 1986.



- Elvis Now (1972)

Elvis - A Canadian Tribute (1978)

- The Greatest Show on Earth (1978)

- From the Heart (1991)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes The Essential 70s Masters (1995)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 4 A Hundred Years From Now (1996)

- An Afternoon in the Garden (1997)

- Elvis - A Canadian Tribute (1999)

- Ballads (1999)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- Elvis 6363 Sunset (2001) FTD

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- The Live Greatest Hits (2001)

- Elvis 70s (2001)

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Close Up (2003)

- Hitstory (2005)

- Summer Festival (2005) - FTD

- An American Trilogy (2007) FTD

- I Sing All Kinds (2007) - FTD

- Ill Remember You (2008) FTD

- Super Hits (2008)

- Elvis Now (2010) - FTD

- Elvis (Fool) (2010) - FTD

- Fashion for a King (2011) - FTD

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD

3000 South Paradise Road (2012) - FTD

Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD

Elvis at Madison Square Garden (2017) - FTD

What Now My Love (2018) - FTD

St. Paul to Wichita, October '74 (2019) - FTD


Bootleg Releases:

- The Monologue L.P. (1973) - Bullett Records
- Elvis Presley is Alive and Well and Singing in Las Vegas, Volume 1 (1975) - no label

- The Vegas Years, 1972-1975 (1976) - TAKRL

- To Know Him is to Love Him (1978) - Black Belt Records

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