By the Time It Gets Dark
This song was never released on any of Sandy's official albums, but we still have four different recordings available:
- Sandy recorded this as a demo at home in Byfield, Northamptonshire in 1974, accompanying herself with 12-string guitar. This demo was eventually released on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes box set.
- Another home demo recorded in March 1976 can be found on the bonus CD of the 5CD Fledg'ling Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures. Here she sings “you'll be laughing” in the third verse.
- Sandy also recorded this song with her band during the Rendevous session but left it off the album. One take of this song with John “Rabbit” Bundrick, keyboards; Jerry Donahue, guitar; Pat Donaldson, bass; Trevor Lucas, guitar; Dave Mattacks, drums; was released in 2004 on A Boxful of Treasures.
- A last take recorded in June 1976 with Jerry Donahue, guitar; Pat Donaldson, bass; and probably Timi Donald, drums; was included in the bonus CD of A Boxful of Treasures.
- Julie Covington on her album
Julie Covington (1978)
(produced by Joe Boyd; backing musicians included Richard Thompson, John Cale, Ray Cooper, Trevor Lucas and Steve Winwood)
- Julie Covington and the Albion Band on the album
The Guv'nor Vol. 3 (1995).
Julie Covington promoted her self-titled album (see above) in 1978 on a tour with the Albion Band, where this track was recorded
- Mary Black sings the title track of her album By the Time It Gets Dark (1987)
- Tina Adair on her album Just You Wait and See (1987)
- Yo La Tengo on their EP Little Honda (1997)
- Iain Matthews with No Grey Faith on their album Secrets All Told (2000)
- More Maids on their album Mary Is Busy... Too Busy to Marry (2000)
- Susan Hedges on her album Crimson Love on Velvet Black (2001)
- Mary Lou Lord on her album Live City Sounds (2001)
- Marsden Blant & Squire on their album Trio (2003)
- Miranda Sykes on her album Miranda Sykes Band (2005)
- Ida on her 2 CD album Rarities—Who Were You Then (2008)
Sorry, I can't show the lyrics here as I don't have the copyright owners' permission to publish them. But please feel free and ask me to send you the song's lyrics.