Contrary to stated opinion, the number 46201 is [i]not[/i] Jean Valjean's prisoner number in [i]Les Miserables[/i] - that number is 24601....
Don't want to listen to my telephone ring
Or sing ding-a-ling or talk about a thing
Not this mornin'

I don't want to think about the night before
Or maybe it's a bore behind that open door
Got no time for that this mornin'

If I had the mind or I had the time
Maybe I could throw together a new kind of rhyme
And tell about my warnin'

But it's too late now
It's too late now
It's too late now

I don't want to think about a runaway Dad
That took away the only thing that I've ever had
Don't even miss him this mornin'

I don't want to think about a cold goodbye
Or a high school buddy got a little too high
I can't help him out this mornin'

Reviewers laugh at me so I go out to see
And perhaps it's just as well, 'cause I'd rather be in hell
Than be a wealthy man this mornin'

But it's too late now
It's too late now
It's too late now

Whatever happened to images, 'cause now they're gone
And worn out phrases just keep a-hangin' on
Whatever happened to homes as opposed to houses?
A conversation, sayings as the evening drowses
It's just like four six two zero one
It's just like four six two zero one

Whatever happened to early morning urban skies?
And broken faces, half with melting eyes
Enough of riddles that just play with time
Cause I'm still here and I can't beg a dime
I'm back here in four six two zero one
I'm back here in four six two zero one

Some bed is waitin' for me 'round the corner now
I gotta find it and try and hang on for a little while
Back here in four six two zero one, yeah
Mmm, there's gotta be a few small changes made

Don't want to listen to my telephone ring
Or sing ding-a-ling or talk about a thing
Leave me alone this mornin'


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"Sour Suite" as written by Burton Cummings

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    General CommentThis is the best song by Guess Who
    i dont care what its about
    its frikkin awesome
    the_Williamon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think Burton Cummings was in a depressed mood about his life when he wrote this. To me it's basically pointing out the negatives in his life and how they've effected him. Even though he was well in health and money when he wrote this, it won't remove what's happened.

    Overall maybe to the listeners it should just mean that you can't always be heartbroken or thoughtless by what has happened, instead use your mind to change your life to the better.
    Dirtmouthon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHis real father deserted the family when Burton was 5. The reference to "46201" is a real American zip code in Indianapolis. Supposedly, Burton became vey attached to a fan who lived there. Now things haven't worked out, and "it's just like 46201."

    I take it as a song about a road weary performer who has real issues in his life, and is reserving the morning to ruminate about them. Toni Tennille even wrote a song about this, entitled "The Good Song.' She describes being so down that the mere thought of taking the stage terrifies here, but she does it anyway.
    donutbanditon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. definetly my favorite from the guess who. so haunting.
    darkglobe2008on April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. definetly my favorite from the guess who. so haunting.
    darkglobe2008on April 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just like the title.
    Arachidamiaon February 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe number 46201 is Jean Valjean's prisoner number in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Since Burton Cummings is well educated, this is most likely the meaning of the lyric, probably relating his situation to that of Jean Valjean's.
    phantasseeon January 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentYou are very close donutbandit. He wrote this in a hotel in downtown indianapolis. It was the morning after a concert. He received bad reviews, which led him to think about his life. what he was doing with it, his helplessness to control things. sorry for his depression, but led to his best song except maybe stand tall
    gary62on June 19, 2013   Link

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