Lucid Dreams

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For the psychological phenomenon, see lucid dream.
"Lucid Dreams"
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
A-side "No You Girls"
Released August 18, 2008
Format Digital download
Genre Post-punk revival, dance-punk, indietronica
Length 3:41 (pre-album single version)
7:56 (album version)
Label Domino
Writer(s) Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Swallow, Smile"
"Lucid Dreams"

"Lucid Dreams" is a single from the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, appearing on their third album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

Pre-album version (single release)[edit]

Originally only listenable through a static-covered stream on the band's website and the video game Madden NFL 09,[1] it was released as a single through iTunes on August 19, 2008 (despite an earlier message on the band's diary having stated "it's not a single"). This version is available as an iTunes bonus track to the album and also a B-Side to "No You Girls".

Album version[edit]

The single differs from the version that appears on Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which has been described by several reviewers as the highlight of the album.[2] The pre-album bridge now starts the song, the chorus has been revised and the original second verse and ending are omitted, with an almost four minute 'acid trance' instrumental taking their place.

Live performances[edit]

Two versions of this song are used when played live. The two verses and choruses of the pre-album version segue into the latter section of the album version, sometimes including the instrumental breakdown. The intro and chorus of the album version are not used. As the outro is essentially a huge jam (revolving around an arpeggiated synth line created on a Minimoog Voyager), the whole song is known to last for over 14 minutes. The nine and a half minutes long live version of the song can be found on iTunes Live: London Festival '09 EP.


Chart (2008) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 35
Hot Canadian Digital Singles 17


  1. ^ Hayward, Andrew. "Madden NFL 09 Soundtrack Revealed". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Glasgow's favourite sons return...". 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Franz Ferdinand "Lucid Dreams"". 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-09-12. [dead link]

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