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"4:12" is the eleventh track on Switchfoot's sixth album, Oh! Gravity.

Lyrics

You’ve been having trouble staying asleep
You’ve been waking up at 4:12
You roll the voices over in your head
Then you try to put them neatly on the shelf

You watch the sun rise
You saw the darkness had no choice before the dawn
With your own eyes
And then you broke out laughing from a yawn

You said,
“I’m so sorry I’ve been so down.
I started doubting things could ever turn around.
And I began to believe that all we are is material.
It’s nonsensical.”

So you walk outside and everything’s new
You’re looking at the world with new eyes.
As if you’d never seen the sky before this blue
As if you’ve never seen the sky in your whole life

And then the phone rings
As it turns out you are already late
And now you’re wondering
Was peace just a temporary state?

You’re waiting tables and parking cars
You’ve been selling cell phones at the shopping mall
And you began to believe that all you are is material
It’s nonsensical

I still can’t believe that all we are
And that all of are dreams are nothing more than material
Souls aren’’t built of stone,
Sticks and bones
And souls aren’t built of stone

Trivia

  • April 12th (4/12), was turned into a "Switchfoot holiday" by the fans because of this song. The joke is that you have to go do all the things written in the song.

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