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Pink Floyd — Comfortably Numb
Album: The Wall
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9

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Total ratings: 4248









Released: 1979
Length: 6:15
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Hello,
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone home?

Come on
Now
I hear you're feeling down
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 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

O.K.
Just a little pin prick
There'll be no more aaaaaaaah!
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 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

(Solo)
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That guitar solo gets me every. single. time.  10->11
 Proclivities wrote:
westslope wrote: Sex is the modern opiate. As Steven Wilson sings: Just another way to pass the day.

"Modern"?  What sort of inverted history did you study?  Human beings have been addicted to sex long before opiates were even cultivated.
 
LOL!   I could be misinformed but

1.  from my reading of some anthropological and ethnographic literature, humans have long enjoyed sex but not like some people do today.    I have never encountered anything to suggest early historic sex addiction.   If there was any pressure to 'perform' way back in early history, please share.  And,

2.  in recent time measured in decades and hundreds of years, sex has gone from tightly ritualized  and regulated to far less constrained.   That simply makes it easier for some to develop unhealthy obsessions (pardon the value judgement). 
This song, penned by Roger Waters, whose heart I love but with whose politics I often disagree reminds me of Argentinian fiction writer Jorge Cortazer, one of my favourite fiction writer.

Cortazer was a Marxist.  

It try to not let position politics get in the way of my enjoyment of art, music and literature.
My rating                                                                                                                             9 - OUTSTANDING 
Awesome, amazing,incredible!
Roger and David singing in the same song. And what a song.
Not at all my favorite PF song, but I love it when RP plays big hits.  Funny, but it gives them a higher stature as far as I'm concerned.
OUT-FREAKING-STANDING SONG!!!! {#Notworthy}
 ruthyc wrote:
10, always

 
{#Notworthy} {#Yes} 
10, always
Increasing from 8 to 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
Aahhhhhhh just in time, simply adore this.  Thanks as always.  RP must stand for ROCKSpeople... is that corny?  Well I guess there are way worse things to be than corny ;)
I think Bob Lind has a suit against PF for the stolen line.......'I had a fleeting glimpse'
A great song arriving during the decline of the Floyd.  I'd grown tired of this song until I heard the live version with Van Morrison; incredibly passionate vocal from Van the Man.

I remember when this song first truly resonated with me, it was around 4am one Saturday morning (really, Friday night to us) in 1995, the summer between HS and College, waiting in my car for a 'hook-up' to go down and this tape (dubbed from another tape) was in my stereo.  Sitting there, silently, in the pre-dawn coolness, un-sober to be sure, the melodic charm of this tune made it to my bloodstream and throughout my body.  I could almost feel it in my brain; the numbness, the state of calmness with undertones of unease, and then that marvelous guitar solo at the end.  Yeah....I was HOOKED on PF then, and soon thereafter I was introduced to DSOTM, which prompted my first loud car stereo setup. 

And all these years later you better be DAMN sure I rate this bad boy an 11!  PEACE and Long Live RP!!


 On_The_Beach wrote:

Roy Moore lost; that's a baby step but we'll take it.

 

Well, at least we know President Trump is a brave and courageous man.  He had unprotected sex with a porn star.  (Shortly after his 3rd wife gave birth to his child.)
This is to me 8 - Most Excellent
 westslope wrote:
December 2017.  Nothing has changed.
Should we feel comforted?
 
Roy Moore lost; that's a baby step but we'll take it.
 kingart wrote:


My God! Where did you find this photo of infant Der Trumper? I see nothing has changed. 
And it's his theme song! Comfortably Numbnuts! 

 

 
December 2017.  Nothing has changed.

Should we feel comforted?
 junebaby65 wrote:

Gilmour, like Carlos Santana, proves that you do not need speed to reach the goal line.  Tone, feel, touch are just as important.

 
More so actually. Case in point, Paul Kossoff of Free.  
November 13. Maybe this sequence has been played here before, but the theme is really well thought through tonight. A series of really well crafted songs about alienation and pain. Fantastic.
never ceases to amaze me, just doesn't get much better .... . . . !
 Wardleader wrote:
Floyd haters, really, too much.    A 10.  They are so good and the care to the sonic quality of the recordings equals the creative music.  It is the bright shiny object of sounds that was in the 1970s amid the Darkness With Scattered Light.   I hate so much of the music of today, but fortunately I don't spend my time spreading negative emotions.   I turn to something else.  A book.  Peace and Quiet.  Roku.   But why would I want to take the time out to express my hostility to some song, or artist or group?

De gustibus non est disputandem.

 
De gustibus non est disputandum.

Latin is all about cases (how the words end).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_gustibus_non_est_disputandum


Inredably legendarily great music.
This is so beautifully written and played.  Pink Floyd are one of the main reasons I went out and bought a really good stereo with fantastic speakers.

Gilmour, like Carlos Santana, proves that you do not need speed to reach the goal line.  Tone, feel, touch are just as important.
38 years on, and still. . . . wow!  Defines "Godlike" for me. 
Just incredible!!! PURE 10!!
Floyd haters, really, too much.    A 10.  They are so good and the care to the sonic quality of the recordings equals the creative music.  It is the bright shiny object of sounds that was in the 1970s amid the Darkness With Scattered Light.   I hate so much of the music of today, but fortunately I don't spend my time spreading negative emotions.   I turn to something else.  A book.  Peace and Quiet.  Roku.   But why would I want to take the time out to express my hostility to some song, or artist or group?

De gustibus non est disputandem.
This is at least an "11" on the RP scale.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Once again Gilmour was right.

Sometimes, Waters should have learned to just his pie hole.

 
I would think it depends on what the alternative music was.
 Ghiaap wrote:

And I gave it 1, so you're not alone! Floyd Haters Unite! {#Hug}

 
Floyd Hater?
You are very pathetic!
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
IMO one of the top, greatest yet simple guitar parts ever. Still moves me every time.
{#Notworthy}{#Good-vibes} fully agree.

There are some live versions that do not fade out though...
I wonder how many people really understand what it is to become comfortably numb?  Without the aid of drugs or alcohol...
And what drove them to it?
 LowPhreak wrote:

Once again Gilmour was right.

Sometimes, Waters should have learned to just his pie hole.

 
Humans and egos lol imagine that! {#Stupid}
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:


As I understand it, Gilmour and Waters disbanded over disagreement over this guitar solo. Waters wanted something different. Gilmore said no.

 
Once again Gilmour was right.

Sometimes, Waters should have learned to just his pie hole.
 robertomiller wrote:

Same. Only question I have is why does this great guitar solo fade out when it is hitting it's stride… ? 
I've wondered this for years. Anybody know? Some argument in the studio perhaps?  

 
You might say that.

As I understand it, Gilmour and Waters disbanded over disagreement over this guitar solo. Waters wanted something different. Gilmore said no.

IMO one of the top, greatest yet simple guitar parts ever. Still moves me every time.

So I continue to side with Gilmour's opinion.
 Skydog wrote:

really!!!
even I gave it a 2

 
And I gave it 1, so you're not alone! Floyd Haters Unite! {#Hug}
Ha.  Cowboy Junkies just came on after this masterpiece and I think the server crashed.  Not surprised. It's not even mentioned in the track listing.  Sentient machinery?
 djblitz wrote:

Does this clownshoe think rating every single Pink Floyd song that comes on RP a "1" will actually bring the overall score down?  

 
really!!!
even I gave it a 2
 linzie wrote:

I could listen to that riff all day.....



 
Same. Only question I have is why does this great guitar solo fade out when it is hitting it's stride… ? 
I've wondered this for years. Anybody know? Some argument in the studio perhaps?  
 djblitz wrote:

Does this clownshoe think rating every single Pink Floyd song that comes on RP a "1" will actually bring the overall score down?  

 
I doubt he is concerned with song ratings; it seems he just wants to express his displeasure with certain songs.

I could listen to that riff all day.....


This was always our Wintertime in Northern California surfing theme song!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

https://www.parentnormal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/cryingbabyincrib.jpg
Poor baby! Still hating and trolling and no one cares.

 

My God! Where did you find this photo of infant Der Trumper? I see nothing has changed. 
And it's his theme song! Comfortably Numbnuts! 

 
Still sends a chill through my old bones.
 djblitz wrote:
Does this clownshoe think rating every single Pink Floyd song that comes on RP a "1" will actually bring the overall score down? 
 
Some clownshoes have no sole.
 thewiseking wrote:
.....the ponderous, bombastic, plodding .....

 
To go down tempo and plodding, yet remain melodic and emotionally charged (at least for some listeners) while attaining incredible popularity is quite a feat if you ask me.  
Cue one of the most soulful, moving, lovely guitar solos ever.
 thewiseking wrote:
Comfortably Dumb. One thing ya gotta give the ponderous, bombastic, plodding dullards over at Corporation Floyd, they sure knew their audience. 

 
Does this clownshoe think rating every single Pink Floyd song that comes on RP a "1" will actually bring the overall score down?  
{#Mrgreen}
 thewiseking wrote:
Comfortably Dumb. One thing ya gotta give the ponderous, bombastic, plodding dullards over at Corporation Floyd, they sure knew their audience. 

 
You sound like a pretentious asshole. Feel free to hate all you like, but a sold 9 in Radio Paradise land is a pretty solid rating IMHO.
My fav guitar solo.  David Gilmour - sublimely brilliant virtuoso.
 thewiseking wrote:
Comfortably Dumb. One thing ya gotta give the ponderous, bombastic, plodding dullards over at Corporation Floyd, they sure knew their audience.
 
https://www.parentnormal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/cryingbabyincrib.jpg
Poor baby! Still hating and trolling and no one cares.
Comfortably Dumb. One thing ya gotta give the ponderous, bombastic, plodding dullards over at Corporation Floyd, they sure knew their audience. 
Song should be called Uncomfortably dull.
this is an absolute masterpiece
 BoFiS wrote:

Agreed, I logged in to check the play count too, since it played last night, right around when I was packing a post-work bowl {#Innocent} not that I'm complaining either...

 
That's because one can never hear enough Floyd!
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
Memory says and play count confirms you played this yesterday. Doesn't matter. If RP consisted of just playing it in a loop I'd still listen.

 
Dat's right. And the track is about 20 minutes too short. 
 poetdancer wrote:
Tickets for Roger Waters in Sacramento (for next June!) go on sale in... 25 minutes.
 
Tickets for the Vancouver show went on sale more than a year before the show.
Even as a Floyd/Waters fan, it's kind of nauseating to think how much he'll make on interest alone during that time.
"Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash", indeed.
Tickets for Roger Waters in Sacramento (for next June!) go on sale in... 25 minutes.
Lots of Pink Floyd on RP these days. 
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
Memory says and play count confirms you played this yesterday. Doesn't matter. If RP consisted of just playing it in a loop I'd still listen.

 
Agreed, I logged in to check the play count too, since it played last night, right around when I was packing a post-work bowl {#Innocent} not that I'm complaining either...
Memory says and play count confirms you played this yesterday. Doesn't matter. If RP consisted of just playing it in a loop I'd still listen.
Every year, it gets better. New Gilmour album is good, too.
 arnimf wrote:
Division Bell Tour 1994. The moment the guitar solo goes into this dive and every single light in the house hits onto the largest mirror ball ever build on this planet. 
That was it. No other concert after that came ever close to this moment. 

 
You are correct...saw that concert {#Bananajam}
Every time I hear it, besides that it's obviously awe-inspiring as it is, I think: this is 20 minutes too short. 
 
Lyrically one of the best songs Gilmore wrote.
One of my all time favorites. The final line always catches my throat while I sing along. Sad, poignant, heartfelt, authentic. This one goes to 11.
Those who care about such things can hear the Wordsworth in the lyrics.  Maybe their single, best cut.
masterpiece
So last Friday there I am in the dentists chair just having received a shot of Novocaine when 1) this song comes on and 2) my dentist asks how I feel.
Goosebumps... every time... 
 maboleth wrote:
Name suits this song perfectly. Although not so comfortable, I'm so numb after hearing it that I need some time to recover from boredom. ^_^

 


Division Bell Tour 1994. The moment the guitar solo goes into this dive and every single light in the house hits onto the largest mirror ball ever build on this planet. 
That was it. No other concert after that came ever close to this moment. 
Great. The simplicity is well working in this peace. Its a great combination of heavy thoughts and simple words explaining them.
GRRRRRRRRR

{#Frustrated} 
The feeling when every tune is perfect....
{#Music} pure magic
Name suits this song perfectly. Although not so comfortable, I'm so numb after hearing it that I need some time to recover from boredom. ^_^
 thewiseking wrote:
no poetry in this whatsoever. just bland droning and simplistic lyrics. muzak for stoners.

 
I didn't know muzak and stoners had such good taste. Thanks for pointing that out to me.


 thewiseking wrote:
no poetry in this whatsoever. just bland droning and simplistic lyrics. muzak for stoners.

 
I am definitely a stoner
Bill & Becca   I never tire of hearing this song   thx
 reindeer wrote:
This song will always remind me of the fact that this song inspired my brother to kill himself in despair.
I cannot disassociate it from that, so I will forever hate this song, and the album, for inspiring suicide.

 
Very sad.  Sorry for your loss...
This song will always remind me of the fact that this song inspired my brother to kill himself in despair.
I cannot disassociate it from that, so I will forever hate this song, and the album, for inspiring suicide.
if i could bring only one song to the lonely island...

{#Notworthy} 
Timeless, monumental song.
 thewiseking wrote:
no poetry in this whatsoever. just bland droning and simplistic lyrics. muzak for stoners.

 
??
not so wise, king.
 
 CaffeineSam wrote:
Is it just me or there's an astounding quantity of heroin-related pictures on the slideshow?

Kinda depressing.



 
Lol, only on about 7 or 8 songs in the library....relax.
no poetry in this whatsoever. just bland droning and simplistic lyrics. muzak for stoners.
 onerb wrote:
My dentist's favorite song.

 
my dentist has a framed picture of The Who's "Who's Next" album cover in his office
 
Love the horns.
 agkagk wrote:
Goosebump-inducing greatness! Go Gilmour! 

 
Well said - 9 > 10 - not sure what took me this long.
Is it just me or there's an astounding quantity of heroin-related pictures on the slideshow?

Kinda depressing.

Opium was much more glamorous in it's own 19th Century way... 
 onerb wrote:
My dentist's favorite song.

 
I prefer "Profoundly Numb."
To me, still sounds as wonderful as always. I can't forget sitting at the dining room table, trying to comprehend my Math Analysis and Calc homework, senior year in High School, with this coming over the radio waves. No way to concentrate on schoolwork when any of the new Floyd kept getting leaked out a song at a time every night! I wasn't the only one... Luckily, some of our teachers were in awe as well, and thus were able to sympathize. What a powerful, epic, novel in song- and album-form it was! They do not make 'em like this anymore, and quite a pity, that... Then, when Roger went on Jim Ladd's show (HeadSets, wasn't it?) and spilled the beans that it was auto-biographical, whoah, that opened up a whole new can of worms... Remember when The Whole World was talking about THIS?!
King of the slow guitar solo, thanks Will!
 onerb wrote:
My dentist's favorite song.

 
Poor you - I'd prefer that I was comfortably numb than him but hey ho..!!
Went to score it and found a 10 already; where's the 11 button??!!!
My dentist's favorite song.
 lkovathana wrote:
If I only had one song (album) to take with me to Mars ... this would be it.  One of the finest pieces of music that humankind has ever produced.  

 

This!
 OceanBlue wrote:
Absolute greatest guitar solo in history to these ears. Every time I hear it feels like I've never appreciated it more

 
Two great guitar solo's actually. One sets up the other. 
I give out 10's pretty sparingly but there was no hesitation with this song.
 OceanBlue wrote:
Absolute greatest guitar solo in history to these ears. Every time I hear it feels like I've never appreciated it more

 
What he said. 
If I only had one song (album) to take with me to Mars ... this would be it.  One of the finest pieces of music that humankind has ever produced.  
I am normally sick of a song after hearing it so many times. Not with this one somehow. It moves the s*** out of me. And the beautiful thing is, Dogs is even better.
12 Punkte fün Floyd
B/G vox sound like Flo & Eddie
 OceanBlue wrote:
Absolute greatest guitar solo in history to these ears. Every time I hear it feels like I've never appreciated it more

 
its just struck me that there is almost as much brass as there is guitar.   
 sirtezza wrote:
Less Pink Floyd please, I'm waring out my PSD button....
 
I suggest a different radio station.
Goosebump-inducing greatness! Go Gilmour! 
Absolute greatest guitar solo in history to these ears. Every time I hear it feels like I've never appreciated it more
 johnybladex wrote:
Play it again, please!! ;)

 
Looks like you got your wish today!!
Play it again, please!! ;)
That guitar rip is always 20 minutes too short! What's up with that?
Didn't care much for the album, but this one beautiful song made up for that little problem.
This is an obvious rip-off from Purple Henry's 1978 hit "Adequately Medicated".
Quite right.
Thanks for the trips, Mr. Gilmour. {#Cool}
Less Pink Floyd please, I'm waring out my PSD button....