Friday Five: Songs About Minutes

Juli Thanki | September 4th, 2009

There are a lot of minutes in the day. 1,440 of them, to be exact. And there are 58 minutes in this list. Spend a couple of yours with these songs.

  • yankee-grey-another-nine-minutes5. “Another Nine Minutes” – Yankee Grey
    Remember them? This catchy ode to the snooze button went to #15 in 2000. Unfortunately, these two-hit wonders split just two years later.
  • doug-stone-super-hits4. “14 Minutes Old” – Doug Stone
    Stone can’t even make it through an episode of Squidbillies before bursting into tears, noting “there’s still some coffee in her cup and it’s not even cold/Her memory’s only fourteen minutes old.” Maybe he would be better off in a pine box.
  • justin-trevino-ff3. “Five Minutes of the Latest Blues” – Justin Trevino & Mona McCall
    Trevino and McCall have a pretty good idea here: instead of spending all your waking hours being heartbroken, get it out of the way at the top of every hour. Now, if you can actually do that, you’re stronger than most.
  • lorrie-morgan-super-hits2. “Five Minutes” – Lorrie Morgan
    Morgan took this song, from her debut album Leave the Light On (1990) all the way to #1. Now, the lady in the song is waiting on a taxi’s arrival, so “five minutes” will probably stretch to about 20. Still, the sentiment’s nice. Pam Tillis (who actually recorded the song first, though it wasn’t released until 1994) does a lovely version as well.
  • johnny-cash-at-folsom-prison1. “25 Minutes to Go” – Johnny Cash
    These are probably the most important minutes on this week’s list; after all, how often does a person have the opportunity for such a countdown? The fella on the gallows might only have 25 minutes left to live in this Shel Silverstein classic, but he sure crams a lot into such a short period of time.
  1. Matt B.
    September 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    What, no “I Gave up smokin’, drinkin’ and women last night, it was the worst 15 minutes of my life.” (From Tim Mc…err I mean Rodney Atkins).


  2. Mayor Jobob
    September 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “Mexican Minutes” – Brooks & Dunn.

  3. Michael
    September 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So Lorrie gives her man about one minute longer to change her mind than it takes Madonna and Justin Timberlake to save the world? Something’s fishy here.

  4. Jon
    September 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Aw, no “If You’ve Got Ten Minutes (Let’s Fall In Love)?” Who could resist a pitch like that, coming from Joe Stampley?

  5. PaulaW
    September 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Three Minute Positive UpTempo Not Too Country Love Song (or something like that) .. Alan Jackson

  6. Rick
    September 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Juli, you watch Squidbillies? I had never heard of it until Unknown Hinson played an hours worth (or more) of episodes prior to his concert the last time I saw him live. A little bit of Squidbillies goes a long, long way….

    Yankee Grey must have written that song six minutes into their 15 minutes of fame….

  7. Steve Harvey
    September 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I wholeheartedly endorse the number one spot on this list! The Folsom version of 25 MINUTES TO GO is my favourite recording in the history of country music. Sends a lightning bolt up my spine everytime I listen to it.

    They’re building the gallows outside my cell
    I got 25 minutes to go
    And in 25 minutes I’ll be in hell
    I’ve got 24 minutes to go


  8. PaulaW
    September 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Yankee Grey must have written that song six minutes into their 15 minutes of fame….

    Actually that song was written by Tim Buppert, Billy Crain, and Tom Douglas.

  9. Rick
    September 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Paula, thanks for the songwriter info (but you know I was just being my usual snarky self in vain search of a chuckle here or there…) lol

  10. klark
    September 7, 2009 at 3:48 am

    you should have included fifteen minutes of shame and four minutes

  11. Billy
    September 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Klark, if you’re talking about Madonna and Justin Timbelake’s Four Minutes, that’s dance pop to the max. Today’s country isn’t quite that pop.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Dominoes – 60-Minute Man

  13. TenPoundHammer
    September 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I have a feeling that Yankee Grey would still be with us had they been on a stronger label than Monument. Good stuff.

  14. PaulaW
    September 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    @ Rick – I know. But you know I have a fierce loyalty to songwriters and want them to get credit where credit is due. ;-)

    Add that to the fact that I really like Tim Buppert and love hearing him sing this song (and he also sings “She’s Sure Taking It Well” better than Kevin Sharp!)

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