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Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone home?

Come on
I hear you're feeling down
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'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

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
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


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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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    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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    purple69queenDec 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    this song is about Sid's depression and how he was going out of his mind and yes he did do alot of drugs but come on who did not back then he just happend to have mental issues on top of the drug useage and then he lost his mind but the others made the best of what they had left and that was the memories of what a truely gifted man Sid was and continued on with the best music ever made as far as I am concerend I think most of the "kids" posting on here only wish they were from the floyd generation that way they could appreciate what real music is .
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    rhcp_luvrMay 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm
    I don't think its about drugs. yes i have done drugs. but usually you break the numbness with drugs. But i have been to the depressed to the point where i feel "comfortably numb. You don't feel like speaking eating, you look at things at don't think anything about it. everythings numb and your ok with it.

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