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Elvis SongPedia: Until It's Time For You To Go

Until It's Time For You To Go




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Written by: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Recorded: May 17, 1971, Nashville
Released master is take 8.

Single:w/ "We Can Make the Morning", 74-0619, January 1972
Also released on Gold Standard Series, w/ "An American Trilogy", 477-0685, May 1973
Also released on Collectables series, w/ "U.S. Male", DPE1-1017 4517, December 1986

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#9 on Billboard's Easy-Listening Chart
#31 on Cash Box's Top 100 Chart
#40 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart
#68 on Billboard's Country Chart

1st LP release: - February 20, 1972
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My Spin

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Elvis was already no stranger to sad ballads, but in the early '70s, they became one of his main strengths. Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Until It's Time For You To Go" is a great example. The arrangement is simple and sparse through the verses with strings providing light emphasis during the bridge. Elvis' vocals are front and center, telling the story of a brief romance beginning to fade. Although much has been made of Elvis going through troubles with Priscilla around this time as an explanation for the switch of focus to more ballads (and there's certainly some truth to that), it's also obvious that he was just maturing and was more attracted to that material anyway. In any case, we're all a little better off for it, if it produced fine performances like this!


Other Spins

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"Until It's Time For You To Go" became a classic hit for Presley and this performance is one of his best. He infuses each word with an added meaning.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979




Elvis turned Buffy's 1970 version of her own folksy composition into a ballad with piano and strings nicely complemented by the Imperials. The lyrics are stretched and phrased beautifully.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Until It's Time For You To Go" Lyrics and Downloads

You're not a dream, you're not an angel, you're a woman
I'm not a king, I'm just a man, take my hand
We'll make a space in this life that we planned
And here we'll stay until it's time for you to go

Yes, we're different, worlds apart, we're not the same
We laughed and played at the start like in a game
You could have stayed outside my heart, but in you came
And here you'll stay until it's time for you to go

Don't ask why, don't ask how
Don't ask forever, love me
Love me, love me, love me now

This love of mine had no beginning, it has no end
I was an oak, now I'm a willow, now I can bend
And though I'll never in my life see you again
And still (here) I'll stay until it's time for you to go

Don't ask why, don't ask how
Don't ask forever, love me
Love me, love me, love me now

This love of mine had no beginning, it has no end
I was an oak, now I'm a willow, now I can bend
And though I'll never in my life see you again
And still (here) I'll stay until it's time for you to go

Yes, I'll stay until it's time for you to go

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