"4:12" as written by and Jon Foreman....
Been having trouble staying asleep
You've been waking up at four-twelve
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
I started doubting things could ever turn around
And I began to believe that all we are is material
It's nonsensical, yes it is"

So you walk outside and everything's new
You're looking at the world with new eyes
As if you'd never seen a 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're 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

Yeah
I'm so sorry I've been so down
I started doubting things could ever turn around
But 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 and sticks and bones, oh
And souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone
Souls aren't built of stone
Sticks and bones and
Souls aren't built of stone


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11

4:12 song meanings
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    General Commentwut i take from this song:
    we are so caught up in the economy of materialism and it ruins us. we want so much when there is soo much more outside the realm of materialism. our souls will ultimately pay the price of being materialistic. God has provided a way for all. and we need to realize that there is a greater reward when we love others, when we help others, when we listen to God, when we live by faith. trully amazing song
    burreyeanton December 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentan essay based on this song -
    switchfeed.blogspot.com/2007/01/…
    born2xlon January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the clips on the website. I'm changing all these to the full songs when the CD comes out.
    eltroyo11on October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou’ve been having trouble staying asleep

    You 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 a sky before that’s 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

    Lyrics from Switchfoot.com
    oliver97point12on November 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know those are on the site, but I'm waiting til I actually hear the song so I can get the sequence of verses and choruses right. If you have the song, I would love it.
    eltroyo11on November 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy don't you just edit it now and then switch-foot it when you actually hear the album yourself? I don't think the sequences will change that much.

    Anyway, I love this song. I've heard it before, but in fairly bad quality so I can't wait to hear it chrisp off the album.
    Loona3on December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI mean like how many times they repeat the chorus and such. The album will be out soon anyway.
    eltroyo11on December 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFull lyrics will be up tomorrow
    eltroyo11on December 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, you hit the nail on the head exactly what I was gonna say.. This is a great song and a great album!
    Swimingforwardon December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so great! Fuck it's the best on the album. It really mirrors my own life. And the end is so energetic and happy. Switchfoot are genius
    javsavon January 06, 2007   Link

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