Friday, December 3, 2010



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
Twenty-five or six to four

Staring blindly into space
Getting up to splash my face
Wanting just to stay awake
Wond'ring how much I can take
Should I try to do some more
Twenty-five or six to four


Feeling like I ought to sleep
Spinning room is sinking deep
Searching for something to say
Waiting for the break of day
Twenty-five or six to four
Twenty-five or six to four

Ever since this song broke in 1970, I have wondered at the meaning of the title and the lyrics. The writer of the song said in an interview, the meaning is not mystical at all. It's a reference to the time of day he was writing the song. (3:35 or 3:34 am = 25 or [2]6 to 4 am).

However, last Friday, while in transit to the VA for Physical Therapy, when this song came on the radio, I was immediately reminded of  my curiosity and I said out loud "What is this song about?" And the VANPOOL driver said, "I know the answer. It is a reference to chemical ratio needed in the synthesis of LSD25. And he went on to explain how molecular and covalent bonding... blah blah blah " 

To which I replied, "Oh, really?"

And the driver explained that he had been a Chemist in his prior life and that the meaning of the title was never a mystery to him.

Does anybody really know? Does anybody really care? 

Let me know what you know about this...


Karen said...

I don't know, the song always brings me back to high school days and I'de love to know the real answer. I suspect you have the right one, Kurt. Now I'm gonna go google, which you've probably already done.

Red Shoes said...

LMAO @ 'does anybody really care?' Wasn't that the name of another Chicago song? No.. wait... that was 'Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is'...

That first album of theirs was a killer!!! 'Questions 67 & 68'... 'South California Purples'... 'Introduction'...

Terry Kath was an OUTRAGEOUS guitarist...


Karen said...

Makes sense to me. said...

Thanks for the holiday greetings. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you as well.

Marnie said...

I'm just enjoying the song...Happy Friday :0)


I had never heard of this song so I am of no help whatsoever as usual.

I am still pondering the meaning of Jim MOrriosn's song 5 to 1
1 to 5

no one here get out alive.

Some say it is pureness of heroin at time. Some say it is number of old people to young, some say blacks to whites[around time of Watts Riot]....

...can we ever know unless the song writer tells us directly?

And who DID Carly Simon write You're So Vain about anyway?

I wish those fucker's would stop being so cryptic cuz I HAVE to know everything and this shit bugs me.

Can I say 'fucker's' on your blog,Kurt or do those church ladies still come?

Marinela Reka said...

I am enjoying the song :)
Short Poems

Cloudia said...

GREAT song, KH!

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral


Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Hi Kurt, I'm enjoying the song.
Most definitely something I needed to hear today.
Thanks so much for sharing it. :)
I also thank you for your wonderful comments and continued support.
It means a lot!!


I'm sorry for being late to comment but after returning home I feel so tired because of all the running around.

red.neck chic said...

I've never known what it means... but when I'm afraid to go to sleep 'cause then I might miss a moment of "life" I think of this song.

Good grief - what does THAT mean?!

;-D xoxoxoxoxoxo