The song's subject matter was quite disturbing: a man condemned to die in the electric chair, begs the prison chaplain to pass a final message on to his wife. Robin Gibb who wrote the lyric said that the man's crime was the murder of his wife's lover. He came up with the idea following a row with his wife and originally conceived the song with Percy Sledge in mind.
It was only #1 for a week, being replaced by The Beatles' single of "Hey Jude."
- Robin Gibb - lead vocals (first and third verse) and backing vocals
- Barry Gibb - lead vocals (second verse) and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
- Maurice Gibb - bass, piano, backing vocals
- Vince Melouney - lead guitar
- Colin Petersen - drums
- Bill Shepherd - orchestral arrangement