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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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    GreenAsJadeAug 3, 2008 at 11:12 am
    BTW, watch the video to the left. That tells the whole meaning, it's not holding back any punches!

    Check out the drug trips on war during the solo!

    Have someone to hug close by.

    GaJ
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    GreenAsJadeAug 3, 2008 at 11:01 am
    Dude, it's about a rockstar out of his mind on drugs and depression.

    The verses are the people around him trying to get him going to play the next show.

    The choruses are his experience of it.

    The first reference to childhood is a simple comparison of the feeling of disconnection of depression and drugs to a fever episode he remembers.

    The second reference to childhood is a lingering memory that back then there was a fleeting glimpse of something more to life than this, but he's lost it now.

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    UnregisteredFeb 3, 2012 at 2:35 am
    For me the song is akin to an aged man staring into a mirror back at himself and
    seeing that all he thought he knew is now
    null and void. The black void of his soul is
    consuming him and a bitter cold shakes him
    awake as a single tear streams down his face.

    - artemis hamon, singer/songwriter/guitarist
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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 11:08 am
    It's when you've had or are having a nervous breakdown and the doc brings out the meds. The serious psychiatric meds !!!
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    UnregisteredApr 3, 2012 at 5:19 am
    I was 17 when this classic was released and through the years i contemplated it's meaning. I drank, i drugged and never did come up with anything deeper than the idea that roger waters was telling the world how he gets amped for concerts.

    Then i went clean at the age of 44 and the meaning struck me unexpectedly.

    Again, not very deep but deep enough, it speaks of my dependence on drugs as a way of finding acceptance of myself. I despised myself in every way but i wasn't a scumbag or anything. I just had no self-esteem. That's why i got high and "comfortably numb" goes into that life and speaks of my way out as well.

    The first "half" of the song describes my life as an active addict while the second uses the similar lyrics to describe the moment of revelation where my life changed for the better. I especially like where "the dream is gone" falls because it reminds me that my nightmare is over.

    Keep in mind, this is a very personal interpretation of the lyrics.

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