1157 stands for "11:57," as in almost midnight. The song describes the urgent moment we are in at this point in human history, and how we are basically committing collective suicide in and through our lifestyles and global systems and structures of selfishness and injustice. This is a different kind of song--spoken word in the verses, and then a sung prayer in the refrain. The lyrics are simultaneously disturbing, haunting, and yet hopeful. It's late. But hopefully not too late.