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25 or 6 to 4

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Robert Lamm

Robert Lamm (arr. Paul Murtha)

General Info

Year: 1969 / 2002
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-I-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Cowbell
  • Drumset
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the early years of the group Chicago, this is probably their most driving and energetic rock hit.

- Program Note from publisher

25 or 6 to 4, also written as Twenty-Five or Six to Four, is a song written by the American musician Robert Lamm, one of the founding members of the rock/jazz fusion band Chicago. It was recorded for their second album, Chicago, in 1970, with Peter Cetera on lead vocals. The song was edited and released as a single in June that year, climbing to number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

Speculation that the song's lyrics are drug-related has been largely dismissed. Lamm has stated that the title is "just a reference to the time of day" and that "the song is about writing a song. It's not mystical." The title serves as an answer to a concurrent Chicago song Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?. The answer is 25 or 26 minutes to 4 o'clock.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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