"Silent Lucidity" is a single by the American progressive metal band Queensrÿche from the 1990 album Empire. The song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Billboard Album Rock...
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 leaving 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 realize
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...

Spoken:
Visualize 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 control
(Control)
(How're you doing today?) (Better?)

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 realize?
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...


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    General CommentEsenthiel's right. This song is entirely about experiencing a lucid dream. All the lyrics refer to it. In short, lucid dreaming is when you realize, within your own dream, that you are dreaming. When that happens, you can literally take control of your own dream and do with it what you want. I've experienced a few of these myself, although I don't study it as much as most people. It's quite an interesting experience. Within a dream, you can literally do whatever you want. "The walls you built within come tumbling down and a new world will begin."
    KresentPhreshon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy husband was killed August 24 2011. I rarely dream but when I did it was always the same dream, him dying basically the way he did. My husband always told me not to worry he was always careful. Careful had nothing to do with it...it was more of a wrong place wrong time. Since then I have had no more dreams I remember but hope that what I am doing is how he would like me to proceed in life. Today I went and signed for my house. As I was signing I was wondering if I was doing the right thing. As I started to drive away from the title company Silent Lucidity came on the radio. Whatever it may really mean, to me it meant that my husband is with me and watching over me and making sure I'm doing the right thing. Not that my crying is ever going to stop, but at least I found some comfort is knowing that he is still with me, keeping an eye on me.
    mrcollinswifeon April 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMine is obviously wrong, but it's always been my personal interpretation: The speaker of the lyrics is singing the words of this song to comfort his partner because their baby died during pregnancy ("Help me").
    lyricalONEon June 23, 2012   Link
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    General Commentmany people might say this song is about dreams, which i guess is correct.

    to me, this song is about embracing death. not so much as in a BOC "Don't Fear The Reaper" kind of way.

    it's about crossing over. i always regarded death more as just a prolonged sleep, the events of your life flickering like a film strip before your eyes.

    this song could even be regarded as a message, from those who have gone before us, that there is nothing to fear, no pain. and that they are waiting on the other side to guide us.
    roger wilcoon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe lucid dreaming interpretations above are of course correct. Guitarist Chris DeGarmo said to Kerrang! Magazine in June 1990: "'Silent Lucidity' is probably one of the most genuinely out there things we've ever done. It's about what they call 'lucid dreaming'. Or 'dream-control'. Basically, just opening up the doors to your subconscious mind, and learning how to master your dreams. Actually be able to steer and control them."
    Porchon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, "ZERO", you are a little "off".

    The middle segment is...

    Visualize your dream
    Record it in the present tense
    Put it into a permanent form
    If you persist in your efforts
    You can achieve dream control

    It is followed by "How are we feeling today, better?" and "Help Me!"(sounding gasped) from "Hellbound: Hellraiser II".
    ScreamingInDigitalon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's simple, LUCID DREAMING. Back in the day when I did LSD I thought every song lyric pointed somehow to an acid trip. I did acid several times back in 1990 and eventually had three bad trips in a row. I ended up having to go into counselling to deal with the anxiety attacks that resulted as an after effect of the drug. I was put on an anti-anxiety medication but I was'nt allowed to stay on it for too long on account of it being addictive. As a result the anxiety returned. I went into a book store shortly there after and bought Stephen Leberge's book LUCID DREAMING. I learned how to induce lucid dreams, overcome my nightmares and as a result my anxiety went away without medication. Around that time Silent Lucidity was playing on the radio and the video was on MTV. It was like conformation to me that my life was back on track. I love this song. It has a spiritual quality for me. Live Light, Live Lucid.
    kneoton May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSince I'm really into spirituality, first, I think everyone's adaptations are valid. I feel this song is a song from God, All That Is, the creator, our source, whatever you want to call it. I'll break down the lyrics...

    God or our Higher Self that is connected to our lower self or ego or mind is calming us, talking about a bad dream in our head...this can be a regular dream but I think this is LIFE, just a dream, an illusion. Our minds are tricked to think the pain of life, this dream, is real. The line about being tricked to feel the pain about someone close leaving the game really hit home with me because I lost my brother when he was only 27. ANother chance, wide awake to face another day, dream is over (we think our night dreams are dreams but daily life is real) or has it just begun? Meaning...our lives are truly the dream of a Higher Self and ultimately, God.

    There's a place I like to hide...this is God or Higher Self talking about the void, the singularity from which all comes from, a doorway that God comes through in the night...a place that is not our third dimension. Relax child (us) you were there...yes, we come from Source and a higher part of ourselves are always connected to source so we came from this place (there) but didn't realize and we were scared. Our lower selves, the ego, is disconnected from what we truly are and that oneness can be pretty scary!

    To face your fears, retrace the years and ride the whims of your mind. In transcending the ego and realizing who we really are, we must face our fears and darkness, we see everything we have been and how we have affected everything in retracing the years and riding the whims of our mind is seeing that our mind is only temporary and creates reality through the whims of its desires...

    Commanding in another world, this is our Higher Self commanding or guiding our lower selves or egos from another world, the world that is limitless, the world from which we truly come from...spirit or the void...suddenly you hear and see this magic new dimension...this is if you can go inside, transcend the ego and the illusion that your mind creates and see who you really are and that we are all sparks of God or source...the magic new dimension is the place where there are no limits. The I in the new few lines can be interpreted as God, our your own Higher Self, watching over your lower self...guiding you back to where you came from, protecting you, quietly with you without interrupting your free will to create and "dream" a life.

    If you open your mind for me, you won't rely on open eyes to see. If you open your mind to God and who you truly are, you won't need your physical eyes to see...you will be going inside and seeing as whole spirit. The walls you build within come tumbling down and a new world will begin. The walls we build with our mind and ego through programming and illusion and disconnectedness with our source, if we transcend that mind and connect with who we are, will go away, we will see the illusion and dream for what it is and we will reconnect with oneness again and live in a new world, so to speak...the veil will be lifted and we will not be asleep to who we are anymore.

    Living twice at once you learn...living twice at once means that we think we are only our ego, our mind, our body, our personality but we are so much more, we are pure spirit only projecting itself into this mind and body so we are two beings living twice at once...

    You learn through recognizing that you are pure spirit and limitless that you are safe from pain (an illusion) in the dream domain (what we think is real life), a soul set free to fly...yes! We are pure spirit, not really bodies and minds! If we recognize our true limitlessness, we are not imprisoned by the mind and its dream. A round trip journey in your head...all of our physical reality is created from spirit and through the mind first and finally into physicality, ask any quantum physicist! We create from nothing into something...as God or creator did in the beginning as we are co-creators. Master of Illusion (that's us!) can you realize? Can you wake up to who you really are?

    Your dream's alive (coming from spirit) you can be the guide (you can get in touch with your true, Higher Self, with the God source) but...
    and then again, the I is God or Higher Self reassuring your lower/ego self.

    This song is about enlightenment and who we truly are. It is about a lot of things, lucid dreaming, personal messages to listeners, etc. but on a whole, this song is talking to the real you asking you to WAKE UP!!!

    This song is absolutely amazing to me and shakes me to the core every time I listen to it. It resonates with TRUTH. I hope I've helped some with this comment! Lots of light and love, Kel from Ohio.
    KLHon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so different to me. It makes me really think deeply. Honestly, my dad just showed it to me last weekend so I had never heard it before. But It carries significant meaning to my life specifically.
    My dad had a 6-way bypass heart surgery in 2008 over thanksgiving break and he thought he was going to die, so once while I was laying my head on his legs in the hospital bed, he told me a story.

    When my Mom found out she was pregnant with me, my parents had already separated and weren't looking to have anymore children. They had talked about how to deal with...me, I guess. They decided to have me aborted. Then one day they were driving to the abortion clinic, and there was a song playing. Since they refused to speak in the car, they listened to this song. Then, while the song was still playing, My father parked next to the clinic, conflicted with a mixture of emotion I'm guessing. In this song, the guitar solo played and my dad listened to the voices in the background and finally heard what sounded like "help me" at the end of that solo. Tears immediately started in his eyes and as my mother started to get out, my dad stopped her and admitted he couldn't do it.
    Then they drove off, and here I am today:)

    But this song is just so moving, I have lost several loved ones and lyrics like these really make it hard not to cry every time I hear them. I never thought a song could move me this much.

    great song:)


    kpossibleon October 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is absolutely a classic. The song is sultry, mesmerizing, soothing and spiritual...The Great songs, I mean the really Great songs in all of history have one thing in common...They evoke emotion. This song is no exception. It is both complex and simplistic. It is a multiplex of meanings as well as emotions, as evidenced by the diverse comments from a variety of individuals. The most obvious meaning of course, is the lucid dream (consciously controlled dream) But I believe this is much more than that, (whether intended or not). For some it is accepting death, watching a child sleeping, coming to terms with our own mortality or breaking down walls for personal growth. This song has definitely evoked emotion. I have had many fantasy while listening to this song. Thoughts of a love lost with a hope of rebirth, being comforted by my spouse, knowing the heavenly father or seeing clarity within my sons eyes (the eyes are the silent souls that can speak and penetrate us and others to the deepest core of our own being, our own existence) I have had changing experiences throughout my life and can find different meanings within this song depending where I am within my life (thoughts of past, present and future) The song is like a cloud, it is so often at just a glance only a cloud, but then when we let the mind wander and search we can find the beauty and forms that a cloud may take and to our wonderment we see intricacies and forms that become much more than the cloud itself (we now see through child's eyes). How wonderful to have a song composed within my life that so resembles art that it makes me weep, smile and yes stay in quiet clarity or best said in Silent Lucidity.
    Mopagaon December 08, 2011   Link

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