4am (Our Lady Peace song)

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Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album Clumsy
ReleasedJanuary 12, 1998
FormatPromo-only CD single
GenreAlternative rock, Post-grunge
Length3:30 (radio edit)
4:17 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Raine Maida, Arnold Lanni
Producer(s)Arnold Lanni
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"One Man Army"

"4am" is a song by Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. It was released in January 1998 as the fourth single from their second album Clumsy.[1] The band has described the title of the song as having a double meaning. The band wrote the entire song at 4 am. Also, the band's lead vocalist's father's name was Anthony Maida. The song being written at 4am and the initials of Raine's father give meaning to the song's name. Raine has confessed that the song was triggered by a dream about his father. The dream was about their relationship and the fear he had about his father supporting his musical career. The meaning has resonated with many of the band's fans. The song has a steady upbeat tempo throughout, with poetic lyrics.[2]


According to Setlist.fm, the song 4am was first played live in concert by Our Lady Peace on January 30th, 1995 at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada. It was song number 13 on the set list that night.[3] The song 4am was most recently played in the Tour Across Canada and was the eleventh song on their set list before the encore was played on March 27th, 2018. Between 1995 and now the song has been played live nearly 500 times by at least 3 different artists. In 2006, the band released the album "A Decade" which featured hit singles including the fan favorite 4am.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song 4am made the band very popular in North America and ultimately helped them win two Juno Awards.[5] It also helped propel the album "Clumsy" to platinum status.[6] The song was reviewed negatively by Billboard Magazine who said, "To warrant a snail-paced tempo, a song should ideally deliver pleasing vocals or poetic lyrics, and this overwrought ballad by Our Lady Peace unfortunately does neither."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Tony Pantages and was filmed in Los Angeles during El Niño. It premiered on MuchMusic on January 23, 1998.[8] In the video, the band is shown riding in a black 1958 Cadillac Series 75 limousine.[9] There is also an edited version of the video made for airing in the U.S. The edited version is similar to the original, except it is shorter and features different camera shots at different times than the original. For example, in the original, Maida sings the majority of the song in the car, while in the edited version, he sings mostly on an empty street.[10]

Track listing[edit]

US promo single[edit]

CSK 41071

  1. "Radio Edit" – 3:30
  2. "Album Version" – 4:15
  3. "Callout Hook #1" – :10
  4. "Callout Hook #2" – :05

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 29
Canada Alternative Top 30 (RPM) 8
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 31
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 38


  1. ^ "Our Lady Peace - Clumsy (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  2. ^ Marilyn Beck & Stacy,Jenel Smith. "MORE PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC SLATED FOR WOODSTOCK '98." Daily News: L2. Jun 18 1998. ProQuest. Web. 2 Apr. 2018
  3. ^ “4am By Our Lady Peace.” 4am By Our Lady Peace Song Statistics, www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/our-lady-peace-63d6eeb3.html?song=4am.
  4. ^ "Our Lady Peace Release a Decade Worth of Hits." Canada NewsWire: 1. Sep 19 2006. ProQuest. Web. 1 Apr. 2018 .
  5. ^ "Band Set to Wow Local Fans; our Lady Peace | Group Working on New Album." Daily GleanerJul 29 2010. ProQuest. Web. 31 Mar. 2018 .
  6. ^ "Our Lady Peace Release a Decade Worth of Hits." Canada NewsWire: 1. Sep 19 2006. ProQuest. Web. 1 Apr. 2018 .
  7. ^ Flick, Larry. "Our Lady Peace: 4 am." Billboard (magazine) 8 Aug. 1998: ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, ProQuest. Web. Retrieved 27 Sep. 2010.
  8. ^ Anon (1997). "News Archive" Ourladypeace.com at the Internet Archive. Retrieved September 18, 2009
  9. ^ Crisp15. “Our Lady Peace - 4am.” YouTube, YouTube, 22 Dec. 2005, www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYEMskcDRKY.
  10. ^ OurLadyPeaceVEVO. “Our Lady Peace - 4am.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Nov. 2009, www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbI7efznvj8.

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