It Takes Time (song)

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"It Takes Time"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Straight, Clean and Simple
A-side "Put Your Hand in the Hand"
Released April 1971
Genre Country
Length 3:15
Label Capitol Records 3082
Writer(s) Shirley Eikhard
Producer(s) Brian Ahern
Anne Murray singles chronology
"A Stranger in My Place"
"It Takes Time"
"Talk It Over in the Morning"

"It Takes Time" is a song written by Shirley Eikhard and originally performed by Anne Murray. Eikhard was 15 years old at the time of Murray's recording; it was her first professionally recorded composition.

Murray's version of the song reached #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, #6 on the Canadian Country chart, and #26 on the Canadian Pop chart in 1971. The song also appeared on her 1971 album, Straight, Clean and Simple.[1] The song was produced by Brian Ahern.[2]

Later in 1971, Kim Carnes recorded a version of the song. It appeared on her debut album, Rest on Me, produced by Jimmy Bowen.

At the age of 16, Shirley Eikhard released her version of the song. Issued as a single, the track reached #7 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart and #33 on the Canadian Country chart. It was released on her 1972 album, Shirley Eikhard.

Chart performance[edit]

Anne Murray[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles 26
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1

Shirley Eikhard[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 33
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 7


  1. ^ Anne Murray, Straight, Clean and Simple Retrieved July 29, 2013
  2. ^ Anne Murray, "It Takes Times" Retrieved July 29, 2013