Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”

Today, alone, I have listened to this song three times, and it just tugs at my heart and takes me to a place of sincere peace. The song is mellow, yet powerful.  The lyrics express everything the singer wants his listeners to know, and feel because he pours his heart and soul out in this beautiful song.  I really love this song!

The English rock band Pink Floyd, included the song “Comfortably Numb” on their eleventh

album, The Wall (1979). It was released as a single in 1980 with “Hey You” as the B-side. The music was composed by guitarist David Gilmour, and lyrics were written by bassist Roger Waters.

“Comfortably Numb” is one of Pink Floyd’s most well-known songs, notable for its two guitar solos. In 2004, it was ranked number 314 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2005, it became the last song ever performed by Waters, Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright, and drummer Nick Mason together. An early version was included on the 2012 Wall “Immersion Box Set”.

Roger Waters wrote the lyrics. While many people thought the song was about drugs, Waters claims it is not. The lyrics are about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever. As an adult, he got that feeling again sometimes, entering a state of delirium, where he felt detached from reality. He told Mojo magazine (December 2009) that the lines, “When I was a child I had a fever/My hands felt just like two balloons” were autobiographical. He explained: “I remember having the flu or something, an infection with a temperature of 105 and being delirious. It wasn’t like the hands looked like balloons, but they looked way too big, frightening. A lot of people think those lines are about masturbation. God knows why.”


Song Lyrics –

Hello? Hello? 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
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 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

Just a little pinprick
There’ll be no more, ah
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, 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

Music composed by guitarist David Gilmour

Lyrics were written by bassist Roger Waters.

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3 thoughts on “Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”

  1. I have to be in a mood to listen to Pink Floyd…but I do get in those moods…when I want to relax and space out…this is the music I listen to. Pink Floyd is not music to play at a party but there are right times.

    1. I agree, with you 100 percent. Certain songs put you in different moods, and yes, Pink Floyd’s music is not the go-to music for parties. It’s the music you want to listen to when you’re on your own, and just relax and space out! There are many other songs that I can just sit back and let the music take me away!