Silent Lucidity

In 1990 a song was released called Silent Lucidity. Essentially it is an answer to the question could anyone take the career of Pink Floyd more seriously than Pink Floyd?

Enter Queensryche.

The progressive metal act formed in 1981 and had released three albums and an EP before 1990's Empire (which featured Silent Lucidity). Two years earlier, with 1988's Operation: Mindcrime Queensryche started to receive accolades for the over-the-top concept album about a junkie who performs assassinations for an underground movement (not a giant leap from where Roger Waters' head was at the time).

And then it was to Silent Lucidity. The best Pink Floyd song that Pink Floyd never wrote; with its Bob Ezrin-esque strings and its Show-Must-Go-On-backing-vocals; with its drummer in possession of more cymbals and toms than his slow, telegraphed fills could ever need; with its anthemic quality that can instantly make you sing along to one of the greatest songs ever - or just as easily make you feel nauseous. Possibly both - at the same time.

The Lyrics:

Hush now don't you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye

You're lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head

Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leave the game
Of life

So here it is, another chance
Wide awake, you face the day
Your dream is over...

Or has it just begun?

There's a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run through in the night

Relax child, you were there
But only didn't realise
And you were scared

It's a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years
And ride the whims of your mind

Commanding in another world
Suddenly, you'll hear and see
This magic new dimension

I
Will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I
Will protect you in the night
I  am smiling next to you

In silent lucidity...

Dream come true
Dream come true
Dream come true

Help me...

If you open your mind for me
You won't rely on open eyes to see

The walls you built within
Come tumbling down
And a new world will begin

Living twice at once you learn
You're safe from pain in the dream domain
A soul set free to fly

A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realise?
Your dream's alive, you can be the guide but...

I
Will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I
Will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you...

Powerful stuff eh? There's also a spoken-word bit after the line in silent lucidity that has a robot-voice announcing "visualise your dream (yes), record it in the present tense (don't be scared), put it into a permanent form, if you persist in your efforts, you can achieve a dream come true (control). How're you doing today? (Better?)

Thanking you Tony Robbins.

In fact I wonder if the authors of The Secret (which, frankly, is all of us) were listening to Empire when stitching together the fraudulent threads of a little late-night chicanery.

VHI voted Silent Lucidity the number 21 power-ballad. Meaning, of course, that it was robbed by 20 others...

I don't own a copy of this song. I don't own anything by Queensryche (a record company tried to fob off a Best Of a few years ago that didn't include Lucidity).

But I do love this song. A lot. Especially this version (check out the face of the lead singer, about one minute in - he's like a cross between the dude from Tears for Fears and a clean-shaven, cornrow-less, sensibly dressed Axl Rose).

My favourite big is the big pause, and then "or has it just begun".

Who's with me? Hands up who likes Silent Lucidity?

And, if not Silent Lucidity, what would be your number one power-ballad?

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