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You Must Unplug – Lucid Song Lyrics

By Guest Author: Anka Sterling



A bit of context:  a couple weekends ago, it just so happened that the last transcript I finished before getting off work was a radio interview with singer-songwriter Ry Cooder. He had recently released a new album focusing on Gospel music, and many clips of his songs were played throughout the interview, including one called “You must Unload.”

Once I had finished, I sat down to read Daniel Love’s “Lucid”—a fascinating book in many ways, and a welcome departure from the usual ways of thinking and writing about lucid dreaming. I was on the last section, an essay entitled “Unplug” that addresses the challenges of living an authentic life in the age of social media.


Ideas bounced off one another, as they often do, and this is what came out of it. My apologies go out to everyone involved. But, in the words of an anonymous poet,  “Sure, it’s a bit preachy, but the problem with most sermons is that they go on too long and end up thanking the sisterhood and the men’s club for the bake sale.”

The original lyrics and a recording of the song can be found here. A version of the essay can be found here.

You must Unplug

Now, you tech-addicted dreamers sure give me the blues

You must unplug, you must unplug

Ain’t gonna get a lucid losing sleep over your likes and shares and views

You must, you must unplug.

It may seem the world is watching with its 16 million eyes

Like you’ve gotta chase somebody else’s rainbow ‘cross the skies

Brothers and sisters, the world will only shrug

You must, you must unplug.

Your feeds have set the bar too high to reach?

Well, don’t despair.

You must unplug, you must unplug‘

Cause the world is old and vast and the bar ain’t there You must, you must unplug

It may seem the world is watching with its 16 million eyes Like you’ve gotta chase somebody else’s rainbow ‘cross the skies Brothers and sisters, the world will only shrug You must, you must unplug.

It’s just as well the world ain’t quite as small as how it seems You must unplug, you must unplug So turn off your phones and go and have some awesome lucid dreams You must, you must unplug

It may seem the world is watching with its 16 million eyes Like you’ve gotta chase somebody else’s rainbow ‘cross the skies Brothers and sisters, the world will only shrug You must, you must unplug.I think you must, you must unplug.

ORIGINAL SONG: 




About the Author:

Anka Sterling is a passionate and creative oneironaut and the founder of "Prism of Dreams", a fascinating new lucidity blog.