Well they're building a gallows outside my cell
And I've got 25 minutes to go
And the whole town's waitin' just to hear me yell
I got 24 minutes to go
Well they gave me some beans for my last meal
With 23 minutes to go
But nobody asked me how I feel
I got 22 minutes to go
Well I sent for the governor and the whole dern bunch
With 21 minutes to go
And I sent for the mayor but he's out to lunch
I've got 20 more minutes to go
Then the sheriff said boy I gonna watch you die
With 19 minutes to go
So I laughed in his face and I spit in his eye
With 18 minutes to go
Now hear comes the preacher for to save my soul
With 13 minutes to go
And he's talking bout' burnin' but I'm so cold
12 more minutes to go
Well they're testin' the trap and it chills my spine
11 more minutes to go
And the trap and the rope aw they work just fine
10 more minutes to go
Well I'm waitin' for the pardon that'll set me free
With 9 more minutes to go
But this ain't the movies so forget about me
8 more minutes to go
With my feet on the trap and my head on the noose
5 more minutes to go
Won't somebody come and cut me loose
7 more minutes to go
I can see the mountains I can see the skies
With 3 more minutes to go
And it's to dern pretty for a man that don't want to die
2 more minutes to go
I can see the buzzards I can hear the crows
1 more minute to go
And now I'm swingin' and here I go!

Thank you very much. I'm going to do another song here,
Featuring the harmonica, eh
And then I want to get the stool there and sit down and do some, uh
Slow ballad type songs that we wanted to do for this album
And especially for you.
What I do with my list over there. My idiot sheet
Oh, hit the floor.
How ya doing Shirley?

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"25 Minutes to Go" as written by Shel Silverstein

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  • +1
    General Commentgreat song.. pearl jam does a sweet cover on the Benroya Hall album
    bharQon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuite appropriate for the Folsom Prison crowd, isn't it?
    Thunderbolton January 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta song about an inmate about to be put to death. gotta love johnny :)
    irrelevance10on October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot just that, but telling it from the inmate's point of view really makes you empathize with him.

    "Here I go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!"
    freewneelon December 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment25 minutes to go and this song playing would be a pretty entertaining comical death
    omfg_1000on August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know it will be someones dimise after that 25 mins, but I can;t help to think that this song is funny.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know it will be someones dimise after that 25 mins, but I can;t help to think that this song is funny.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent song. As someone already said, Pearl Jam do a great version of it.
    seanybikeron May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning is pretty straightforward, it is worth agreeing that while the song is about someone's hanging, it is done in comedic fashion.
    saintpacoon May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent example of 'gallows humor'.
    almaniac27on May 29, 2010   Link

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