“I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You”

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” is a 1968 song by the Bee Gees. Released as a single it became UK No. 1, before being ousted by the Beatles’ Hey Jude.
The song is about a condemned man who is awaiting his execution
Robin Gibb, who wrote the lyrics together with his brothers Barry and Maurice, explained “This is about a prisoner on Death Row who only has a few hours to live. He wants the prison chaplain to pass on a final message to his wife. There’s a certain urgency about it.”
In the same interview he added “It was like acting, you see, we said, let’s pretend that somebody, his life is on the line, somebody’s going to the chair. What would be going through their mind? Let’s not make it doom and gloom but sort of an appeal to the person he loves. Because right now that’s all he cares about. Regardless of whether he’s done a bad thing, he is a human being, and he’s sending out this last message. There’s someone out there whom he loves.”

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
Then 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
I’ve just got to get a message to her
Hold on, hold on
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on

The meaning is sad, but the song is agreeably upbeat.
This convict would like to make a last phone call to his wife or girlfriend, but the prison chaplain tells him it is not possible. Therefore he begs the priest to pass a final message on to her .
The man declares that her love is the only thing keeping him alive, and refers to his body as something negative: dirt.
When he says “Well I did it to him, now it’s my turn to die” we realize that the reason he is about to be executed is for murdering a man, his wife’s lover.


“Il cappellano mi ha parlato e ha sorriso
Ha detto “Vieni a camminare un po’ con me
Vieni, proseguiamo per un altro miglio
per una volta nella vita ora sei solo
non hai un centesimo
e non c’è tempo per trovare un telefono “

Ho solo questo messaggio per te:
resisti, resisti
Ancora un’ora e la mia vita sarà finita
Resisti, resisti

Gli ho detto che non avevo fretta
ma se le avevo spezzato il cuore
allora doveva dirle che mi dispiace
Per una volta nella vita ora sono solo
e devo farglielo sapere in tempo prima di andarmene

Ho solo questo messaggio per te
resisti, resisti
Ancora un’ora e la mia vita sarà finita
Resisti, resisti

Beh, ho riso ma questo non ha fatto del male
ed è solo il suo amore che mi fa mi fa sopportare la sporcizia che porto addosso
Ora sto piangendo ma dentro di me, nel profondo,
so che io l’ho fatto a lui
e ora tocca a me morire

Ho solo questo messaggio per lei:
resisti, resisti
Ancora un’ora e la mia vita sarà finita
Resisti, resisti
Ho solo questo messaggio per lei:
resisti, resisti
Ancora un’ora e la mia vita sarà finita”

57 thoughts on ““I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You”

  1. Oh yes! I know Bee Gees since I was a teen, and when I saw the title, the song came immediately to my mind! Sometimes I wonder when I meet people of my age who know Bee Gees with their disco hits from the ’80s and have no idea of their romantic songs before that. Thank you for reminding me of those days. 🤗🙏💖💖

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      1. HEY LUISA HOW ARE YOU DOING HERE WE HAD TERRIBLE HIGH WINDS ALL NIGHT LONG, I WAS VERY ANXIOUS ABOUT THE SITUATION GOT UP EVERY HOUR AND THE ANIMALS HAD BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH IT SO I SLEPT LATER THIS MORNING AND NOW THE SUN IS SHINING SO BEAUTIFULLY BUT THE DESTRUCTION AROUND THE CAPITAL DISTRICT HAS, MOST LIKELY BEEN TOTALLY AWFUL. MISS YOU BE SAFE ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND SHARON MARINUCCI AND FUR KIDS 😽💃

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      2. How sorry I am to hear about the turbulent night you and your furry family had! Here in Italy the weather seems almost spring, even if they say it will soon get worse. I took the opportunity to do some gardening this morning, and now I have backache. It is a gift of my alternative youth😉🥰🌼🌼🌼

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      3. LUISA so sorry about your backache. What a shame your so far away from me. I’m very good in Japanese massage ,& deep tissue massage. I had to learn my husband of 45 yrs. Was in agonizing pain all of his life from birth to his death at 88 yrs. Old .So he got free massages and I got very, very strong hands .🆓💪

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      4. OH WELL, NOW YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD REASON TO COME TO AMERICA AFTER THIS VIRUS THING IS OVER. MAYBE PLAY THE LOTTERY ALSO IT COULD HELP PAY EXPENSES TOO !!! HA HA 🤑🙋‍♀️

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      1. LIFE CAN BE SO EASY FOR SOME AND SO DIFFICULT FOR OTHERS. IVE BEEN ON BOTH ENDS .MY BEST GIRL FRIEND FROM 1968 WAS MURDERED BY HER HUSBAND AND WAS ONLY TRYING TO GET HER CHILDREN & HERSELF OUT OF A TERRIBLE RELATIONSHIP AT HOME BUT THE HUSBAND SAW HER AS PROPERTY AND KILLED HER AND THE WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN SOCIAL WORKER THAT GAVE HIS LIFE TO PROTECT MY DEAR (ALICE BACON) 🎶💜🙏

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  2. Bellissimo post, Luisa. Oltretutto sono un vecchio fan dei fratellini Gibb e di Barry in particolare. Riflettendo ancora sul brano, ti dirò che mi ha fatto pensare a “Pensiero” dei nostri Pooh.
    Anche lì ascoltiamo la voce di un uomo incarcerato, che pure cerca di discolparsi: “[…] Quella notte giù in città non c’ero. Male non le ho fatto mai, davvero […]

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