Silent Lucidity is another Chris DeGarmo classic. When Queensryche released the Empire album in 1991, the musical landscapes they explored on that album where exactly the same landscapes my head was in at the time.
I was starting to get tired of the hard rock / glam rock albums that the bands started to release. A lot of hard rock journalists and artists blame Grunge for killing off the glam/hard rock scene, however, that is not the case. The hard rock scene killed itself off, due to over saturation. So when Grunge came in, it was different, it was raw and most importantly it dealt with what is real. Of course, when Grunge came into the mainstream, every label wanted a Grunge band and by doing that, history repeated itself.
Silent Lucidity is about lucid dreaming. Chris DeGarmo has stated the same, in magazine interviews he was doing at the time of the release. At the start of the song, it seems like a parent is consoling a child who just had a bad dream, and then they start telling them that they can control the things that happen in dreams.
Silent Lucidity was never meant to be a hit song. It was never written to be a hit song. The beauty of music is evident here in the way that a song connects with people from out of the blue. The current pop charts these days, have songs written by a committee of writers. Those songs are written so that they chart. There is no soul in them, no life. History will repeat itself here as well.
Silent Lucidity was written because Chris DeGarmo wanted to write it. It was a topic that was special to him.
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
Didn’t we all want that kind of place as children growing up. When we played fantasy sports outside and we are always the winners.
Will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
Will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
In silent lucidity…
Relax child, be safe, the guardian angel will always be there, next to you, to lead the way, to protect you, in silent lucidity.
Geoff Tate is the ring master in the way that he delivers the vocal line, with all the authority of a guardian protecting their child. Listening to the song today, it sounds fresh and current. It’s not dated. It was a natural progression for Queensryche to move into. If YouTube was around back in the day, this clip would have had a billion views.