They're buildin' the gallows outside my cell.
I got twenty-five minutes to go.

And in twenty-five minutes I'll be in Hell.
I got twenty-four minutes to go.

Well, they give me some beans for my last meal.
Twenty-three minutes to go.

And you know, nobody asked me how I feel.
I got twenty-two minutes to go.

So, I wrote to the Governor, the whole damned bunch.
Ahhh, twenty-one minutes to go.

And I call up the Mayor, and he's out to lunch.

I got twenty more minutes to go.

Well, the Sheriff says, "Boy, I wanna watch you die".
Nineteen minutes to go.

I laugh in his face and I spit in his eye.
I got eighteen minutes to go.

Well I call out to the Warden to hear my plea.
Seventeen minute to go.

He says, "Call me back in a week or three.
You've got sixteen minutes to go."

Well, my lawyer says he's sorry he missed my case.
Mmm, fifteen minutes to go.

Yeah, well if you're so sorry, come up and take my place.
I got fourteen minutes to go.

Well, now here comes the padre to save my soul
With thirteen minutes to go.

And he's talkin' about burnin', but I'm so damned cold.
I got twelve more minutes to go.

Now they're testin' the trap, it chills my spine.
I got eleven minutes to go.

'Cause the goddamned thing it works just fine.
I got ten more minutes to go.

I'm waitin' for the pardon, gonna set me free
With nine more minutes to go.

But this ain't the movies, so to hell with me.
I got eight more minutes to go.

And now I'm climbin' up the ladder with a scaffold peg
With seven more minutes to go.

I've better watch my step or else I'll break my leg.
I got six more minutes to go.

Yeah, with my feet on the trap and my head in the noose
Five more minutes to go.

Well, c'mon somethin' and cut me loose.
I got four more minutes to go.

I can see the mountains. I see the sky.
Three more minutes to go.

And it's too damned pretty for a man to die.
I got two more minutes to go

I can hear the buzzards, hear the crows.
One more minute to go.

And now I'm swingin' and here I go

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25 Minutes to Go Lyrics as written by Shel Silverstein

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    General CommentJohnny Cash sings a version of this Shel Silverstein song/poem.
    This one reminds me a lot of that "I'm Being Eaten by Boa Constrictor"--also, of course, by Shel Silverstein.
    oh-dominoon March 14, 2006   Link

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