"Silent Lucidity" is a single by the American progressive metal band Queensrÿche. It was released as the A-side of the band's fifth single from the 1990 album Empire.
The song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The song was composed by lead guitarist Chris DeGarmo.
Queensryche performed the song live at the Grammy awards, with a supporting orchestra.
Because of the lyrical content, and the title of the song, it is assumed to be based on the subject of lucid dreaming.
During the middle eight, a heavily vocoded voice even explains a method for this: "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."
The song has been both criticized and praised for sounding much like Pink Floyd's music, in particular the chorus which reminds one of the song "Comfortably Numb."
The song was recorded with sweeping orchestrations.
Often the orchestra is not relegated to the background but instead is very prominent such as during the second half of the instrumental section (timestamp 3:16 - 3:51).
At the end of the song (5:26), a cello or double bass plays the theme from the traditional children's Brahm's Lullaby - the typical English translation words being "Lullaby, and good night, go to sleep little baby".
"Silent Lucidity" is ranked #21 on VH1 Greatest Power Ballads.
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