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Tyler Dimmel, Steven Shinnick, Jordan Cleveland

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The following was simply the assignment, and should only be used as a STARTING POINT, or for reference.

The following points were decided upon as a class, and are used as a basis for which to conduct research about the song. Please note, that it is expected that the students will go above and beyond the following points, and only use these as a starting point. The findings will determine what is ultimately included in the final product.

The format of the research paper is a five (or more)-paragraph essay. Papers not written in this format will be given zero credit and the student will be expected to resubmit the paper in the correct format.

Background of the song
When it was written - 1969, released June, 1970
Purpose it served (Was it written for a specific reason? Protest? Fun? Love? etc.) - There's a lot of debate about this. The lyricist, Robert Lamm, claims it was about having trouble writing a song.
Effect on society, or how society affected it. - It affected society, because it downed the purpose of the song because of all the drug related lyrics in the songs around that time. They thought that 25 or 6 to 4 were times related to the use of LSD (a drug that is suppossed to last a long time).

Who wrote it? Who performed it? If there are multiple performers, please list all. Who was the most popular? Were there different styles?:
- It was written by Robert Lamm.
- Performed by the band Chicago
- It was covered by Earth, Wind, and Fire, Straitjacket, and Local H.
- Chicago was the most popular performer. Though they did play it with Earth, Wind, and Fire live.
- Different styles in the song? There are definite jazz and classic rock influences in the song. Different styles in covers? Yes
World/political events at the time.
- Nigerian Civil War ends.
- All My Children premiers on ABC
- Japan launches it's first satellite
- My Lai Massacre in Vietnam
- The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect
- UPS strike, 210,000 employees walk out
- Nixon signs bill to ban cigarette advertising on television
- The Beatles disband
- US invades Cambodia
- Kent State shooting
- Jimi Hendrix dies from choking on his own vomit
- Queen is formed
Pictures -
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Trends in popular culture (clothing, movies, music, video game-like things, entertainment, etc)
) -
- Afros
- Platform shoes
- Punk fashion
- Glam rock

- Drugs

VIDEO
PERFORMANCE BY CHICAGO 25 OR 6 TO 4

Lyrics (SDSTAFF interpretation in parenthesis):
Waiting for the break of day ("He's been up all night and now it's getting close to sunrise.")
Searching for something to say ("Trying to think of song lyrics.")
Flashing lights against the sky ("Perhaps stars or the traditional flashing neon hotel sign.")
Giving up I close my eyes ("He's exhausted and his eyes hurt from being open too long, so he closes them.")
Sitting cross-legged on the floor
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Staring blindly into space ("This expression can be seen often on the faces of writers and reporters. Trust me.")
Getting up to splash my face ("Something you do when you're trying to stay awake, though a good cup of Starbuck's does wonders for Cecil and me.")
Wanting just to stay awake
Wondering how much I can take ("How far can he push himself to get the song done?")
Should I try to do some more ("This is the line that makes many think it's a drug song. But it is just as easily construed as a frustrated writer wondering if he should try to do some more lyrics/songwriting.")
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Feeling like I ought to sleep
Spinning room is sinking deep
Searching for something to say
Waiting for the break of day
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'As for the curious title, Lamm says, "It's just a reference to the time of day"--as in "waiting for the break of day" at 25 or (2)6 minutes to 4 a.m. (3:35 or 3:34 a.m.)' - SDSTAFF
Straight Dope Article On This Song

Tyler's interpretation of the lyrics:

Waiting for the break of day (up all night on LSD?)
Searching for something to say (Dude...I'm totally tripping balls..)
Flashing lights against the sky (LSD hallucinations)
Giving up I close my eyes (Thinks the hallucinations will go away if he closes his eyes)
Sitting cross-legged on the floor (He thinks he's Chief Sitting Bull)
25 or 6 to 4 (Taking 25 milligrams of LSD, the effects will last from 6 PM to 4 AM. Yes this is a FACT.)

Staring blindly into space (Again, he's tripping balls)
Getting up to splash my face (Who knows why)
Wanting just to stay awake (He's scared of falling asleep on drugs)
Wondering how much I can take (Tired of the LSD trip)
Should I try to do some more (It's a well known fact that when you do drugs, you don't get ANYTHING done)
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Feeling like I ought to sleep (Got work int he morning)
Spinning room is sinking deep (He's tweaking pretty bad)
Searching for something to say
Waiting for the break of day
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