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[Verse 1]
I know where you went, but I don't know how you got there
I know where you went, but I don't know how you got there
Silver tongue hill, where you talk up what I'd play down
I would speak up, but I wouldn't know what to say
Oh, to say

Lucidity, come back to me
Put all five senses back to where they're meant to be
Oh it's hard to tell, breaks down
There is a will, there is a way

[Verse 2]
Wandering around like
Spare time never knew it
I might suck, fizzle or I might just float away
(Float away)

And we'll go running off tonight
High above, where we won't even
Need to reach the sky, my love
Oh, there will be a change in the air
Nobody will be anybody else

Lucidity, come back to me
Put all five senses back to where they're meant to be
Oh, where we'll go, tiptoe
Tread boldly right down to the lair

#TameImpala #KevinParker #Lucidity #InnerSpeaker #OfficialMusicVideo

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Lucidity on Wikipedia
Single by Tame Impala
from the album Innerspeaker
ReleasedJuly, 2010
FormatDigital download
RecordedJune–August, 2009
Wave House, Injidup, Western Australia
GenrePsychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, space rock
LabelModular Recordings
Writer(s)Kevin Parker
Producer(s)Kevin Parker
Tame Impala singles chronology

"Lucidity" is a song by Tame Impala, released as a single in 2010. It was recorded during the sessions for the Innerspeaker album in 2009, and released as the second single from that album. The single features artwork from Australian artist Leif Podhajsky, who also created the artwork for Innerspeaker and the follow-up Lonerism.[1] "Lucidity" came in at number 74 in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2010.[2]


  • 1 Composition
  • 2 Recording
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Live performances
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 Personnel
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


"Lucidity" was written by Kevin Parker in the key of A major in a 4/4 time signature.[3]

The verses feature heavily rhythmic strumming of the chords E7sus4add9 and E major. The pre-chorus features a variation of the verse vocal melody played on a fuzz guitar in the A major scale four times, before the verse rhythm plays one more time.[4]

The chorus then comes in with a key change to G major, and a B major, Dmaj7, A major, G major barre chord progression. After the chorus, it switches back to the key of A major and there is a short arpeggio from C major to D major chords to connect to the next verse.[3]

The second verse is half the length of the first one, and a short guitar solo in the A major scale comes in on the words "float away".[4]

The chorus, connecting guitar lick, pre-chorus, chorus format comes in at this point and then a bridge occurs. The bridge switches to the key of G major again and features the chords F♯ major, G major, A major and B major played at a slower tempo.[4]

The bridge fizzles out, then it switches back to the A major key, and a scorching fuzz guitar solo over the verse chords and rhythm comes in, with heavy unison bends and whammy bar vibrato. The song then ends with fuzz pedal noise.[4]


The instrumentals for "Lucidity" were recorded during the sessions for Innerspeaker in June to August 2009. The lyrics and vocals weren't recorded until the mixing stage of the album in December 2009, at Dave Fridmann's Tarbox Road Studio in Cassadaga, New York, which Parker later recalled: "I was thinking, 'We're going to be mixing this song in the next six hours'. I hadn't done any vocals and I didn't have any lyrics; I was literally losing my brain. I'd stop, sit outside in the snow and try to think of lyrics."[5]

Music video

The music video for "Lucidity" was directed by Robert Hales. The video was filmed with a camera attached to a weather balloon outside of Mildura in Victoria, Australia.[6]

Parker starts the video by letting go of the camera attached to the weather balloon and letting it float away. The whole video is the same shot of the camera filming down below on a bird's-eye view as it floats up into the sky. The balloon eventually exits the Earth's atmosphere and into space, where you can see the curvature of the Earth and some shots of the Sun. The camera then comes crashing down back to Earth during the fuzz guitar solo section of the song. The video ends with an eagle coming to inspect the camera.[4]

Despite the fact that the band is only seen for a couple of seconds, the director got Tame Impala to mime the whole song. They had practiced the song for two days beforehand.[7] Some shots of them miming the song can be seen in the behind the scenes video.[8]

Live performances

Live, Tame Impala play "Lucidity" two semitones lower than the recorded version, switching to the keys of G major and F major, although in 2012 they have returned the song back to its originally recorded keys.[9] "Lucidity" hasn't been a regular song in Tame Impala's set, but has been played throughout 2010 and 2011, with many experiments with the structure of the song, with it sometimes played in an uptempo danceable fashion and sometimes featuring an almost drone out ending during the bridge. Parker also experiments with different effects during the outro solo.[10] In 2012 "Lucidity" was again added to Tame Impala's setlist.

Track listing

  1. "Lucidity" - 4:31
  2. "Lucidity (Pilooski Remix) - 5:29


  • Kevin Parker - all vocals and instrumentation
  • Tansie Bennetts - hand claps


  1. ^ "Leif Podhajsky". Leif Podhajsky. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hottest 100 2010". Triple J. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Tame Impala - Lucidity tab". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tame Impala - Lucidity music video". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Taming Expectations - Yahoo". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tame Impala - Lucidity video - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tame Impala Face Time Noisevox interview". Noisevox. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tame Impala - Lucidity making of music video". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tame Impala - Lucidity live at Echoplex". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tame Impala - Lucidity live at Roundhouse". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

External links

  • "Lucidity" Official music video on YouTube

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