Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb Meaning
Song Released: 1980
Comfortably Numb Lyrics
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.
Well I can ease your pain,
Get you on your feet again.
I need some information first.
Okay, I used to hang out with some really hardcore Pink Floyd fans in high school. The real interpretation of this song is about the Founding member of Pink Floyd 'Sid Barrett' He did like way too many hits of acid in his day and is now on a lifelong trip. He lives in his mother's basement somewhere in England. The members of Floyd even recorded him after his tragedy and let him make an album. So crazy, he sings 'I see the flys, the hoppy bird', so when it says 'Hello, Hello is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me'. They are speaking of poor old Sid. The some of 'The Wall' was based on Sids follys also....
anonymous Mar 13th 2006, 19:19 report
Couple of Facts:
Roger Waters suffered/suffers from diabetes since childhood.
Common Symptoms of Diabetes:
Nausea or Vomiting
Many times children with type 1 diabetes find out they have it after getting sick.
The beginning of the song is someone, a doctor perhaps talking to Roger Waters and goes on to gather the proper information about his current condition.
A common side affect of having diabetes is numbness and if you go without insulin you go into a very lucid state.
Then he reflects upon growing up and being first hit with the condition and how he is going through that same thing again and that he usually is okay with the condition. The comfortably numb line I think is about the constant pricking of the finger in order to check glucose levels and he doesn't even feel it anymore.
Now the distant ship line that he refers to twice I think is the close call with death. At the end of the song he goes on to say that when he had the fever and almost died he got very close to seeing the end and then he woke up and thought it all was a dream.
Wintermut3 Jan 4th 2006, 00:29 report
Heroin? maybe not... I'd bet Morphine.
The song even DESCRIBES the physical side-effects of Morphine ("Just a little pinprick/ but you may feel a little sick" may refer to the fact morphine and other opiates usually make you feel nauseous).
In my opinion it's about a doctor that gives a performer painkillers (probably an opiate) to keep him on stage and performing. The descriptions of Morphine's effects are very accurate, I was given the stuff after shattering my foot in a sports accident and I remember CONCIOUSLY thinking how much it reminded me of dear old Floyd.
This song (and the scene in the movie) is about what happens after Pink the rockstar goes on a crazy trip about World War II. At the end of the previous song (Bring the Boys Back Home) and the beginning of the Echoes version of this song, you hear Pink's manager banging on his hotel door going "Time to go!"
Pink has passed out, and the manager calls the doctor. He's talking to the doctor, and the doctor gives him some kind of quick-fix drug (possibly heroine?) that sends him shortly on another trip about his childhood.
anonymous Dec 9th 2005, 11:35 report
Watch the Pink Floyd movie, The Wall. That's all I have to say and it should clear up any confusion you people have.
anonymous Nov 27th 2005, 17:52 report
This song is about Pink the rockstar having to go out and perform for a crowd of people which he has built his wall around and see them in the flesh. So he stays at his hotel and sits still in his chair and becomes "comfortably numb."
anonymous Nov 24th 2005, 18:47 report
All you fuckheads who think it about herion should eat shit. The song is about becoming numb to your surroundings and just trying to get through with life.
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