25 Minutes To Go

Album: At Folsom Prison (1968)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the poet and children's author Shel Silverstein, who was known for his rather dark sense of humor. The song is about a guy who is about to be executed by hanging, and he's counting down how much time he has before he meets his doom, starting with 25 minutes. >>
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    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • Appropriately, Cash performed this at a concert at Folsom Prison. A year later, Cash scored big at a prison concert with another Silverstein composition: "A Boy Named Sue."

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  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenSilverstein's original version was darker, too: Third line says "And in twenty-five minutes, I'll be in Hell."

    Later on, it goes "Well, my lawyer says he's sorry he missed my case...Fifteen minutes to go...Yeah, well if you're so sorry, come up and take my place. I got fourteen minutes to go."
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaWondered who was the artist for the song.
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