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Song Released: 1970


25 or 6 to 4 Lyrics

Waiting for the break of day
Searching for something to say
Flashing lights against the sky
Giving up I close my eyes
Sitting cross-legged on the floor
25 or 6 to 4

Staring blindly into space
Getting up to splash my face
Wanting just to...

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    anonymous
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    Sep 6th, 9:45am report


    Hearing from eternity + ?



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    anonymous
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    Aug 7th, 2013 8:08pm report


    It is most likely the LSD (25) a trip started in the evening 6 (pm) would last till
    around 4 (am). Should I take some more, 25 or 6 to 4.

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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 2009 11:37am report


    Every one here is slow the songs a drug song it's about cocaine.

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    anonymous
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    Sep 13th, 2009 9:49am report


    I read an interview with Robert Lamm in which he explained that he was indeed referring to what time it was while he was attempting to write this song. Also, I believe back in 1970 when the song was written, there weren't digital clocks yet, so he was staring at an analog clock that was either 25 or 26 minutes until 4 a.m.--which, to correct the reference above--would be 3:35 or 3:34 a.m.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 29th, 2009 8:35am report


    I fell that this is a song about whether he should take an other hit of LSD (25) or go to work (6 to 4) Dr.Ugg



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    dalto7
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    Dec 19th, 2008 12:52pm report


    I think he is debating over if he should go back to bed or start his day. And his eyes arn't fully awake so he dosen't know if it is 3:35 or 3:56. But the the first one might be right too.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 14th, 2008 12:30pm report


    Robert Lamm, who wrote this song, has said that the song simply refers to the insomniac processes of songwriting, and that he was "sitting cross legged on the the floor" in the middle of the night, when he looked up at the clock and saw that it was 3:35 or 3:36 am. Hence the title.




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