I've Gotta Get A Message To You

Album: Best of Bee Gees (1968)
Charted: 1 8
  • The preacher talked to me and he smiled
    Said, "Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile
    Now for once in your life you're alone
    But you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the phone"

    I've just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
    One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on

    I told him I'm in no hurry
    But if I broke her heart, won't you tell her I'm sorry
    And for once in my life I'm alone,
    And I've got to let her know just in time before I go

    I've just go to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
    One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on

    Well I laughed but that didn't hurt
    And it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt
    Now I'm crying but deep down inside
    Well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die

    I've just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on
    One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
    Hold on
    One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on
    I've just got to get a message to her, hold on, hold on Writer/s: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 17

  • Nancy D from NhThere's no time for a CALL. And - it's only her love that keeps me wearing this GUILT.
    On the album, before the song ends, I hear an "ow", like someone got hurt. What's that all about?
  • Ellen Gray from Mt. Sterling, Ky, UsaI’m looking for the song that has do you get the message?
  • Kevin C James from Ridgecrest CaliforniaWhat are the numbers 0815007 the meaning of?
  • Susan from Atlanta, GeorgiaNot only does "there's no time for the poor" not rhyme with the previous line of "Now for once in your life you're alone", but it doesn't even make any sense. "But you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the phone" makes much more sense. It was written when local phone calls were still a dime.

    Love this song and I always have. I was eleven when it came out, and I didn't half understand what it was about, but I loved it anyway.
  • Linus from KentuckyI admit that it sounds more like 'dirt' (or at least 'dir') than it does like 'hurt'

    "But you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the poor."

    The word is 'poor', not 'phone'.
  • Linus from KentuckyI think that line is:
    "and it's only her love that keeps me wearing this hurt."
    It makes as much sense as anything, and the combination of the "s" of 'this' and the word 'hurt' make it sound like 'shirt'.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 22nd 1973, the Bee Gees performed "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special', and the trio were also the show's hosts...
    Five years earlier on August 11th, 1968 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; and on September 22nd, 1968 it peaked at #8 (for 4 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It was the trio's first Top 10 record in the U.S.A.
    And on September 7th, 1968 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    R.I.P. Maurice (1949 - 2003), Robin (1949 - 2012), and Barry will celebrated his 68th birthday in three months on September 1st, 2014.
  • Tom from Freiburg, GermanyI love the way the brothers share the vocals on this song. When I saw them perform it in concert somewhere in the 60's or so, I was wondering how Barry would play his guitar chords with only one finger straight across the fretboard. It almost looked like he was only faking it! I later found out that he always uses an open D tuning. God bless him.
  • John from Chicago, IlThis song is about a love triangle that went bad. A jealous man who couldn't win the love of his girl friend and killed the man that his girl friend really loves. In the line "Well I did it to him now it's my turn to die." Also, in the line, "If I broke her heart, then won't you tell her I'm sorry." It is her love, that's why I 'm wearing this dirt. Before I thought it was shirt, but it is dirt. Dirt in this sense simply means a negative past with one's action. Again, here, he is saying because I can not win your love then I don't want anyone to win over you. In the final moment before he is about to be executed, he wanted to sent a message to his GF, how remorse he was.
  • Michael from Kissimmee, FlNope. Cancel my last comment; the last word is "dirt." There is a video of the Bee Gees performing this song on You Tube. He clearly sings the word "dirt." Must mean the singer is not responsible for the actions he has been condemned for. My bad...LOL!
  • Michael from Kissimmee, FlAs far as the last line goes I believe the correct word is "shirt;" as in "it's only her love that keeps me wearing this shirt." The condemned man has chosen to stay and take his punishment because to escape his fate would hurt her more than what is about to happen. At least that's my idea.
  • Jorge from Mexico, MexicoOne of the preferred songs by the Gibb brothers to start their concerts.
  • Chris from Los Angeles, CaDoes anybody have any idea what the published lyrics are for the final verse of this song? I have seen many different lyrics and none of them make sense. The majority of the lyrics sites have as "Well, I laughed but that didn't hurt.
    And it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt" Huh?
  • Chris from Los Angeles, CaDoes anybody have any idea what the published lyrics are for the final verse of this song? I have seen many different lyrics and none of them make sense. The majority of the lyrics sites have as "Well, I laughed but that didn't hurt.
    And it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt" Huh?
  • Don from Kinnelon, Nj"I told him I'm in no hurry" is one of the best lines ever,pure deadpan irony.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnI remember this Bee Gees hit from the late 60s and to me it's one of the most depressing songs of that era. Granted, a song about someone on the verge of death sounds depressing. For years, I always though that the line "I told him I'm in no hurry" was "I told my mama 'no hurry'".
  • Drew from B\'ham, AlI suspect the urgency has a lot to do w/ the repentant renegade's name plastered/not plastered in abhorrence. No telling what a wife can do w/ the reputation of her husband! LOL. It only makes sense that he'd want to be remembered for his change of heart, not his infamous past.
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