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
Peak Chart Position
the song was released as a single, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100
peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1988
from Pink Floyd's eleventh album, The Wall (1979)
David Gilmour had originally written and recorded a version of the song for inclusion on his first solo album but had decided against it and brought the demo to the The Wall sessions
the working title for the composition was "The Doctor"
ranks #321 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour plays acoustic guitar on the track
the song features two guitar solos by David Gilmour
on the record: Roger Waters - vocals (verses), bass guitar David Gilmour - vocals (refrain), guitars (acoustic, electric, pedal steel), Prophet-5 synth Richard Wright - organ Nick Mason - drums Lee Ritenour - acoustic guitar
written by David Gilmour, Roger Waters - the chorus melody was written by Gilmour while Waters contributed the lyrics and the music for the verses
the lyrics reportedly came about from an experience Roger Waters had prior to a 1977 Pink Floyd show in Philadelphia - a doctor injected him with tranquilizers due to his pain from a bout with hepatitis; Waters: "That was the longest two hours of my life...trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm"
as "Comfortably Numb" went through many rewrites, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and producer Bob Ezrin had numerous conversations and arguments as to what the final released version should be - Gilmour: "I think things like "Comfortably Numb" were the last embers of mine and Roger's ability to work collaboratively together"
produced by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin
orchestral arrangements by Michael Kamen
length- 6:21 (album), 3:59 (single edit)
"Comfortably Numb" was performed for the last time by all the members of Pink Floyd (Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason) at the Live 8 Concert in Hyde Park, London on July 2, 2005
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