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Our Lady Peace: 4 AM Meaning

Song Released: 1998

4 AM Lyrics

I walked around my good intentions
And found that there were none
I blame my father for the wasted years
We hardly talked
I never thought I would forget this hate
Then a phone call made me realize
I'm wrong

If I don't make it known...


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    Oct 31st, 2007 10:01pm report


    Let me start by saying that this is my very favorite song, not just by Our Lady Peace but by any band. I think that, though by glancing at the three reviews for this song it's apparently not the most popular song, it has the deepest meaning of most songs I've ever heard. 4am is the forth single of Our Lady Peace’s second album “Clumsy”.
    This song was written one night at 4am in the morning after the lead singer Raine Maida had just been woken up by a dream that he received a phone call from a hospital telling him that his father was dieing. As you know, his dad's initials are AM, also.
    The song plot is about how he grew up rather distant from his father and how he thought that he had good intentions of not rebuilding it but he was really just being "dumb and jaded" in his own self-loathing as also stated in the lines: "I walked around my good intentions and found that their were none." He speaks much of how he regrets not repairing that relationship long before is seemed like he was far too distant. The pivotal point of the song is when through his thoughts of repairing the relationship later or thinking he was justified in thinking that he will never miss his father, he actually gets the call saying that his father is in bad condition/dead in the lines: "I never thought I would forget this hate, then a phone call made me realize I’m wrong."
    The song goes on telling that he has other problems that he is trying to figure out (he doesn't think is really being true to himself: "I blame myself for being too much like somebody else."). He stays in his bed pondering why he is the way he is. "I walked around my room not thinking just sinking in this box." He later confesses that he loves his father "just like sunny days that we ignore..." and that just in case they don't get to say it one last time to each other, he does.
    The song ultimately ends by saying that he just hopes to God he figures out what is wrong. The song ends without real explanation to the outcome to weather he finds himself, he repairs his relationship with his father, or if he gets to tell I’m that he loves him one last time.
    Thanks for reading this.
    Any Comments? Any Questions? email me at: meleemaster_777@yahoo.com


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    Oct 28th, 2007 10:21pm report

    Yes, it's about his dad. The first and third verses are a monologue from his point of view and the chorus is what his dad said on the phone.

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    Oct 11th, 2005 10:36pm report

    The song got its name because he wrote it at 4 in the morning and his dad's initials are A.M., hence 4am. The song is about his dad and how he misses him and how he didn't spend enough time with him until he got a call that his dad was very sick.


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    Jan 17th, 2004 1:01am report

    It's a song about his hatred for his father because of the neglect he had when a kid, then the change of heart he has when he finds out his father is dead.

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