5 Minutes To Live

Album: Bootleg Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood (1961)
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Songfacts®:

  • Johnny Cash wrote and performed this song for the 1961 film Five Minutes to Live, which is sometimes known as "Door-to-Door Maniac." It's about a group of robbers who knock on doors and murder whoever unfortunate enough to answer. The film starred Cash in the lead role - his first appearance in a movie. >>
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    Julian - Oakland, AR
  • If you just saw the title, you might think this was a song about living life to its fullest because time is precious, but in the context of the movie it's much more nefarious, as the victims have just five minutes to live before they're killed.

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