"Silent Lucidity" is a single by the American progressive metal band Queensrÿche from the 1990 album Empire. The song was the biggest hit for the band, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. The power ballad was composed by lead guitarist Chris DeGarmo. Queensrÿche performed the song live at the Grammy Awards of 1992, for being nominated in the category of "Best Rock Song", and featured a supporting orchestra. The song did not win the Grammy; it did however win the MTV Viewer's Choice Award for its music video.
|Single by Queensrÿche|
|from the album Empire|
|Released||February 14, 1991|
|Queensrÿche singles chronology|
|Empire track listing|
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 distorted 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 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 Brahms' Lullaby – the typical English translation words being "Lullaby, and good night, go to sleep little baby".
Original 1991 releaseEdit
- "Silent Lucidity" – 5:49
- "The Mission" [Live] – 6:17
- "Eyes of a Stranger [Live] – 8:03
2013 Silent Lucidity: Greatest Hits EP re-releaseEdit
"Silent Lucidity" was the lead song on a 4-track extended play release on April 22, 2013, subtitled "Greatest Hits". It was accompanied by two other tracks from Empire plus fan-favorite "I Don't Believe in Love" from Operation: Mindcrime, all four tracks being among the group's six most-frequent tracks when playing live.
|U.S. Mainstream Rock||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|UK Singles (reissue)||18|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||69|
|US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)||82|
Use in pop cultureEdit
- Several lines are sampled from Hellbound: Hellraiser II (the female voice "Help me" and the shortened version of the quote "How do you feel today, better?")
- This song was used in the episode "Heart" of the second season of Supernatural.
- This song was used in the first episode of the television show The Hat Squad.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 514.
- "The 40 Greatest Power Ballads".
- "Greatest Hits" Queensryche.com. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
- "Silent Lucidity - Greatest Hits - EP". Amazon Music. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
- "Queensrÿche Tour statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
-  single charts for Queensrÿche
- "RPM Top 100 Singles - June 8, 1991" (PDF).
- , an archive containing all UK charts for Queensrÿche
- "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
- Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 21, 1991). "1991 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 103 (51): YE-14.