Though it was also recorded in 1971 by Elvis Presley, four others recorded it in 1971 — Joan Baez for her album, Blessed Are... (July 1971), Gladys Knight and The Pips 1972, Bryan Ferry for his album, Another Time, Another Place (October 1974), Jerry Lee Lewis who did a bluesy version for his album "Touching Home" and country singer Sammi Smith, whose recording of the song is the most commercially successful and most well-known version. Smith's recording ranks among the most successful country singles of all time in terms of sales, popularity and radio airplay. Her recording topped the country singles chart, and was also a crossover hit, reaching number eight on the U.S. pop singles chart.
Take the ribbon from your hair, Shake it loose and let it fall, Lay it soft upon my skin. Like the shadows on the wall.
Come and lay down by my side Till the early morning light All I'm takin' is your time. Help me make it through the night.
I don't care what's right or wrong, I won't try to understand. Let the devil take tomorrow Lord tonight I need a friend.
Yesterday is dead and gone And tomorrow's out of sight And it's sad to be alone. Help me make it through the night.