Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb



Dave Gilmour wrote the music while he was working on a solo album in 1978. He brought it to The Wall sessions and Waters wrote lyrics for it.


Gilmour believes this song can be divided into two sections: dark and light. The light are the parts that begin "When I was a child...," which Gilmour sings. The dark are the "Hello, is there anybody in there" parts, which are sung by Waters.


"Comfortably Numb" is one of Pink Floyd's most famous songs, renowned for its two guitar solos.


The lyrics were inspired by Waters's experience of being injected with tranquillisers for stomach cramps before a Pink Floyd show in Philadelphia on the 1977 In the Flesh Tour. "That was the longest two hours of my life," Waters said, "trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm." The song had the working title "The Doctor".


Pink Floyd had to do a show that night in Philadelphia, and the doctor Roger saw gave him a sedative to help the pain, thinking it was a stomach disorder. At the show, Roger's hands were numb "like two toy balloons." He was unable to focus, but also realized the fans didn't care because they were so busy screaming, hence "comfortably" numb. He said most of The Wall is about alienation between the audience and band.





Lyrics


Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me Is there anyone at home?

Come on, now I hear you're feeling down Well I can ease your pain Get you on your feet again

Relax I'll need some information first Just the basic facts Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding A distant ship's smoke on the horizon You are the only coming through in waves Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

When I was a child I had a fever My hands felt just like two balloons Now I've got that feeling once again I can't explain you would not understand This is not how I am

I have become comfortably numb

I have become comfortably numb

Okay Just a little pinprick There'll be no more But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up? I do believe it's working good That'll keep you going through the show Come on it's time to go

There is no pain you are receding A distant ship's smoke on the horizon You are the only coming through in waves Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse

Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown the dream is gone

I have become comfortably numb