I was VERY IMPRESSED by a recent Chicago concert I saw on AXS TV. In this interview with founding member, Lee Loughnane, Chicago’s song, “25 to 6 to 4” is explained.
Don’t know about you, but I’ve wondered all of my life. Heard it so many times…
Jeb: Last one: When I was a kid the story was that the song “25 to 6 to 4” was a chemical recipe to make LSD. What is the truth?
Lee: I have heard that one. I have heard it is about horse races as well. In reality, he wrote the song about writing a song. He is bleary eyes and sitting cross-legged on the floor and he’s wondering if he should keep going. The clock is on the other side of the room and he is wondering if he should keep writing. He has to squint at the clock across the room and he sees that it is either 25, or 26 minutes to 4:00AM. He has been writing that song all day and night. I don’t know if he finished writing it that night or not [laughter].
Full interview here: