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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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    Dec 8th, 2015 12:41am report

    While Robert Lamm has stated that it was about writing a song when he wrote it in 1970. The TV show dragnet used the term to refer to ACID in 2 episodes in 1969. Since having tried acid a couple times in my youth, I can verify that the lyrics very accurately describe what it is like to try to make sense of the experience while tripping. No question in my mind it about a trip. I think Lamm told the other story to direct attention away from the original meaning after he left the drug culture himself. I'll look for the dragnet episodes, and post when I find them. I know that when I was a kid 25or6to4 or just 25 where common names for acid within the culture, which I admit to having been a part of at the time.


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    Dec 8th, 2015 12:36am report

    I know Robert Lamm claims it was about writing a song and was written in 1970. why then did the TV show Dragnet use it as a name for Acid in a 1968 episode? Maybe Jack Webb should have been asked. I think Lamm's explanation was a cover after he no longer was involved with drugs. But I cannot think of any better description ever written about what it is like to be tripping and trying to understand the trip. Even if it was not intended to refer to acid when written, it certainly became a name for it. when I was growing up that's the name everyone used for acid.


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    Sep 6th, 2014 9:45am report

    Hearing from eternity + ?


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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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    Nov 28th, 2009 11:37am report

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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