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Origins of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:48 pm
by its4inthemorning
One of my favorite songs has always been "Comfortably Numb."

While wasting time--no strike that--while doing "research" on the internet, I came across a page that discusses how this song evolved and includes earlier versions including the first one. Here is the link: ... lmour.html

Enjoy if you are also a fan of "Comfortably Numb."


Re: Origins of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:47 am
by B4real
4, I didn’t know how that song came about, so thanks. And I didn’t know you were into Pink Floyd or maybe it’s just that particular song :) With the exception of a few artists I tend to be attracted to select particular songs. I do like Comfortably Numb but my overall Pink Floyd favourites are Wish You Were Here and On The Turning Away, both of which I play on the violin. I’ve always known the story behind WYWH and with OTTA, I simply agree with the lyrics and love the melody - overall it's my very favourite Pink Floyd song - totally love the guitar solo at the end!

And I’ve just remembered I still have an old cassette tape of Dark Side Of The Moon live. I don’t have any favourites on it but it must have been the thing to have at that time! I shall have to see if it will still play now :)

Re: Origins of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:51 pm
by its4inthemorning
B4, I just viewed the 1-hour video on the story behind "Wish You Were Here," maybe that's what you referred to when you said you know that story. It was extremely well done. At the end Roger Waters, referring to the song WYWH, says something that paraphrases comments we all made on "Along the Way" while trying to interpret Leonard's lyrics. He says,

"People do attach lots of internal feelings that they may have and they may not be entirely sure what it's about, and neither am I, I mean, I'm only telling what it's about for me, but there's no reason why other people shouldn't put their own interpretations on it which could be just as valid."

I remember buying WYWH when it came out, it has always been one of my favorites. Played it so much it started to drive my roommates crazy. This album, sandwiched between DSOTM and the Wall, are one of the best rock trilogies I know of. I never paid much attention to earlier Pink Floyd, but just listened to "On the Turning Away" and even one listen tells me why it is a favorite of yours. Will need to listen to it more.

When you find a need for a brief hit of Pink Floyd, view their last set together in London on YouTube.

Would love to hear WYWH on your violin!


Re: Origins of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:07 am
by B4real
4, I haven’t watched the video story of Wish You Were Here but it would for sure be the same as what I know in print. And yes, you are right about our comments on interpretation of songs in the Along thread. Without checking I think I posted Leonard saying his songs were empty and you can put what you want into them. He also likened them to ice cubes for the same reason.

Thanks for the London link, I’ve seen clips of it but not this length. And yeah, I’d also love to hear WYWH played again on my violin too …. or anything in fact that doesn’t offend my ear! Some time ago it was making a terrible sound so I replaced all the strings and it hasn’t fixed the problem. I think the terrible weather we’ve had here has changed the timbre of the wood. I’ve been putting off travelling 100 km to take it to the luthier but I will have to do it soon. I may have to buy a new one.

Ah, um, I went to play my tape cassette of Dark Side Of The Moon and embarrassingly discovered that I don’t and never did have it! Instead, the live album I have is a double tape of Delicate Sound of Thunder and on it I have Comfortably Numb, On The Turning Away, Wish You Were Here and more of their top songs! My excuse for getting it muddled is that I haven’t looked at my tapes for many years. Surprisingly, both tapes still play and sound right, unlike my violin!