Everyone's Got An Area 51

Album: Tacoma Ballet (2002)
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  • "Everyone's Got An Area 51" appears on Lucid Nation's fourth studio album, Tacoma Ballet. The title refers to the famous Edwards Air Force facility rumored to house UFOs and aliens. Tamra Lucid, frontwoman for the band, told Songfacts:

    "I'm on that national tour, soundtracked by the voice of Jack Kerouac, thinking I'm dying.

    In a fever vision I apparently saw something that I don't remember. I'm told I said I saw a light that moved in a way that did not fit my sense of reality, and it scared me. Somehow the riff reminded me of that experience.

    But the song is more about fear of each other which is really fear of ourselves. We all have these secret places inside us where we keep the aliens at bay, as it were. We're afraid they're going to escape and wreak havoc.

    This song is shadow work in the area of paranoia. Jung's theories about psychology are a big influence on my music, so much of which is shadow work. Also, in this song I'm playing a character. Not all my songs are sung by characters, but sometimes I'm playing a role."

    Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher Carl Jung was one of the world's most formative figures in the study of the mind. In the 2020s he's also become one of the most studied metaphysicians after the emergence of the The Red Book, a collection of his formerly private writings about esoteric ideas and mystical experiences.

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