Until It's Time for You to Go

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"Until It's Time for You to Go"
Single by Buffy Sainte-Marie
from the album Many a Mile
B-side"The Flower and the Apple Tree"
Songwriter(s)Buffy Sainte-Marie
Producer(s)Maynard Solomon
"Until It's Time for You to Go"
Elvis Until Its Time For You To Go PS.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Elvis Now
B-side"We Can Make the Morning"
ReleasedJanuary 4, 1972
RecordedMay 16, 1971
StudioRCA Studio B, Nashville
Songwriter(s)Buffy Sainte-Marie
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Merry Christmas Baby" / "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
"Until It's Time for You to Go" / "We Can Make the Morning"
"He Touched Me" / "Bosom of Abraham"

"Until It's Time for You to Go" is a song from the 1965 album Many a Mile by Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. 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 song has been recorded by many other singers.[1]


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, when sung by a man, 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]

"The Flower and the Apple Tree"[edit]

Featured as a B-side to the Sainte-Marie's single release of "Until It's Time for You to Go" is the rarity "The Flower and the Apple Tree", an original song that was exclusive to the single.[3]

Notable cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  2. ^ Until It's Time for You to Go, Buffy Sainte-Marie website.
  3. ^ "Buffy Sainte-Marie With Gershon Kingsley And His Chorus & Orchestra* - Until It's Time For You To Go". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 78.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 196.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 427.