25 Minutes To Go

Words and Music by :  Shel Silverstein
Arranged and adapted by:

Recorded by
The Brothers Four CS8746, CCM090-2, DICD01051,

Johnny Cash    


Well they're buildin' the gallows outside my cell.
I got 25 minutes to go.

And in 25 minutes I'll be in Hell.
I got 24 minutes to go.

Well, they give me some beans for my last meal.
23 minutes to go.

And nobody asked me how I feel.
I got 22 minutes to go.

So, I wrote to the Gov'nor and the whole damned bunch.
Ahhh... 21 minutes to go.

And I call up the Mayor, but he's out to lunch.
I got 20 more minutes to go.

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

I laugh in his face... and I spit in his eye.
I got 18 minutes to go.

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

He says, "Call me back in a week or three.
You've got 16 minutes to go.

" Well, my lawyer says he's sorry he missed my case.
Mmmm....15 minutes to go.

Yeah, well if you're so sorry, come and take my place.
I got 14 minutes to go.

Well, now here comes the padre to save my soul
With 13 minutes to go.

And he's talkin' about burnin', but I'm so cold.
I got 12 more minutes to go.

Now they're testin' the trap. It chills my spine.
With 11 more minutes to go.

And the trap and the rope, ah they works just fine.
I got 10 more minutes to go.

I'm waitin' for the pardon... gonna set me free
With 9 more minutes to go.

But this ain't the movies, so forget about  me.
I got 8 more minutes to go.

I'm climbin up the ladder with a scaffold peg
With 7 more minutes to go.

I've betta' watch my step or else I'll break my leg.
I got 6 more minutes to go.

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

Well, can't someone come and cut me loose.
I got 4 more minutes to go.

I can see the mountains,  see the sky.
3 more minutes to go.

And it's too damned pretty for a man don't wanna die.
I got 2 more minutes to go

I can hear the buzzards... hear the crows.
1 more minute to go.

And now I'm swingin' and here I gooooooooo....