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Silent Lucidity

Last updated 15:08 02/09/2010

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 lifeSilent Lucidity

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

Is this blog over...OR HAS IT JUST BEGUN?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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Jakki   #1   03:13 pm Sep 02 2010

Agreed - this would have to be the best power ballad - beautiful powerful song that is almost haunting - love it :))

Colin Jackson   #2   03:20 pm Sep 02 2010

A great track. But then, I like the rest of the album as well.

The concept seems to be that through controlling lucid dreams you can control someone's effective reality. With the anti-Big Brother tone of the rest of the album, this seems almost Matrix-like.

But even if you ignore all supposed meaning it's still a great song.

James   #3   03:24 pm Sep 02 2010

Queensryche are awesome, im not a huge fan of silent lucidity, but still listen when it comes on if i have QR on shuffle on my ipod, but its possibly more that i am just sick of the song due to oversaturation of it in the early 90s. I remember actually thinking it was by pink floyd back when i was younger and not aware of queensryche's existence. Theyre early albums are awesome though, queen of the reich of the EP is one of my favourite songs by them, operation mindcrime has some great songs too, namely the needle lies and operation mindcrime.

Empire was definately the borderline album from them, i like everything upto and including parts of empire but dont really care for anything post then.

Geoff tate was in talks with Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford for a project called the 3 tremors in the mid 90s but it never came about, wouldve been so awesome if it did happen

H   #4   03:26 pm Sep 02 2010

I DO own a copy of this song. It is a mack daddy all-time over the top power ballad with terrible lyrics and an awesome guilty pleasure.

All time greatest power ballad is still a big call though - you have to consider Don't Stop Beleiving (despite what that Glee show did to it), Africa, Wind of Change, Who Wants to Live Forever, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, November bloody Rain...

Sarah   #5   03:26 pm Sep 02 2010

I too am a fan of this song... don't think it has dated one bit since it was released and that for a start is a sign of a great song. Great lyrics and love that it mixes rock with the classical sounding backing as well.

Mike   #6   03:27 pm Sep 02 2010

I'm lucky enough to have the Empire album, bought it purely for Silent Lucidity back when it was released. It is a fantastic song, all my friends thought I was mental at the time I bought the record as I used to have too many bourbons and insist on thrashing the song at parties - haha good times.

m.s.p   #7   03:27 pm Sep 02 2010

Yeah man, awesome.

Every guy who went to High School in the early 90's liked a girl who liked this song. Walked home in the rain with this tune in their brain and the smell of her hair on their black college jumper.

And agreed, its gotta be the greatest 'Big Pause' ever!

Dan s   #8   03:28 pm Sep 02 2010

The greatest song ever. Period

Nick Willis   #9   03:28 pm Sep 02 2010

Love a good power ballad! However this is far from the #1 power ballad. That spot is reserved for Night Ranger - Sister Christian.

Dave   #10   03:29 pm Sep 02 2010

Puke. Pink Floyd wrote a rather better song called Comfortably Numb and Queensryche did everything but rip it off.

Comfortably Numb: There is no pain you are receding A distant ship, smoke on the horizon. You are only coming through in waves. Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying. When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown, The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.

Silent Lucidity: 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...

Rip off.


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