Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends

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"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Pure Love
B-side "Streets of Gold"
Released July 1974
Format 7"
Recorded May 1971 (original Warner Bros. Records version)
January 1974 (RCA Records version)
Genre Country
Length 2:41
Label RCA APBO-0313
Writer(s) Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Tom Collins, Jack D. Johnson
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Pure Love"
"Please Don't Tell How the Story Ends"
"(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time"

"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in 1974 as the second single from the album Pure Love. The song became his fourth country hit and second number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of nine weeks on the country chart.[1] Kristofferson recorded the song with Rita Coolidge for their final duet album, Natural Act, and later with Mark Knopfler for The Austin Sessions. The song has been recorded by many artists including Bobby Bare, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joan Osborne and Willie Nelson.

Milsap himself recorded an earlier version of the song, released on his 1971 self-titled album, while recording for Warner Bros. Records.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 95
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 232. 

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Preceded by
"The Grand Tour"
by George Jones
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 7-September 14, 1974
Succeeded by
"I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me"
by Don Williams
Preceded by
"Dance with Me (Just One More Time)"
by Johnny Rodriguez
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 28, 1974
Succeeded by
"I Love My Friend"
by Charlie Rich