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Song Author: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Year Recorded: 1965
Until It's Time for You to Go

Song by Buffy Sainte-Marie from the album Many a Mile
Released 1965.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.

Throughout her career in all of these areas, her work has focused on issues of Indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Cover versions

The Four Pennies, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Glen Campbell, Cher, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, New Birth, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Roberta Flack, Paul Anka, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Darin, Jim Croce, Cleo Laine Grover Washington, Jr. and 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 never released by her as a single, but was a UK Top 20 hit for British group The Four Pennies in 1965, and for Elvis Presley in 1972,and a US Hot 100 single for Neil Diamond in 1970.

Buffy Sainte-Marie included a French language reworking of the song, "T'Es Pas un Autre", on her 1967 album Fire & Fleet & Candlelight.

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."

Besides The Four Pennies, Diamond and Presley, it has been covered by Glen Campbell, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Willie Nelson, 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, Andy Williams and Françoise Hardy.