Behind the Track: ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You’

Like many musicians, the Bee Gees often wrote songs about love and relationships. In fact, some of their love songs had incredibly intricate storylines within them.

Their 1968 single, “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” has a very different story than most love songs. The lyrics tell the story of a man who is in the electric chair, awaiting his execution as he begs the prison chaplain to deliver a final message to his wife. According to Robin Gibb, who wrote the lyrics, the man is in jail for the murder of his wife’s lover.

Robin notes, “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. Myself and Barry wrote it. It’s a bit like writing a script.”

Nevertheless, there is one thing that Barry and Robin never wrote that has since puzzled fans – what the message was.

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