Until It's Time for You to Go

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This article is about the song by Buffy Sainte-Marie. For the album by Rusty Bryant, see Until It's Time for You to Go (album).
"Until It's Time for You to Go"
Song by Buffy Sainte-Marie from the album Many a Mile
Released 1965
Cover versions
Joe Longthorne, The Four Pennies, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Dottie West, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Shirley Bassey, Michael Nesmith, Glen Campbell, New Birth, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Roberta Flack, Willie Nelson, Robert Goulet, Paul Anka, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Darin, Jim Croce, Cleo Laine Grover Washington, Jr. Françoise Hardy

"Until It's Time for You to Go" is a song from the 1965 album Many a Mile by Canadian First Nations singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. It was a UK Top 20 hit for British group The Four Pennies in 1965, and for Elvis Presley in 1972,[1] and a US Hot 100 single for Neil Diamond in 1970 and New Birth featuring future Supremes member Susaye Greene in 1973. Andy Williams released a version in 1972 on his album, Love Theme from "The Godfather".

Buffy Sainte-Marie included a French language reworking of the song, "T'es pas un autre", on her 1967 album Fire & Fleet & Candlelight. French translation was made by Quebecer songwriter Claude Gauthier.

The lyrics concern an ordinary man and woman who love each other, but cannot stay together because they come from different worlds. The singer asks her (or his) lover: "Don't ask why/Don't ask how/Don't ask forever/Love me now." According to Sainte-Marie, the song "popped into my head while I was falling in love with someone I knew couldn't stay with me."[2] Besides The Four Pennies, Diamond and Presley, it has been covered by Jim Croce, Glen Campbell, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Robert Goulet, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Bette Davis, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Roberta Flack, New Birth, Paul Anka, Eddy Arnold, Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, Bobby Darin, Helen Reddy, Andy Williams, Claudine Longet, Joe Longthorne, Françoise Hardy, Pierre Lalonde -in french- and Emilie-Claire Barlow.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Until It's Time for You to Go, Buffy Sainte-Marie website.