Comfortably Numb (8:58)

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Comfortably Numb is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1979 double album The Wall. It is one of only three songs on the album for which writing credits are shared between Roger Waters and David Gilmour – melody and most of the music on “Comfortably Numb” was written by Gilmour, while Waters contributed the lyrics and some additional notes. “Comfortably Numb” is one of the most famous Pink Floyd songs, and is known especially for its guitar solos. In 2004, the song was ranked #314 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics came from Roger Waters’ experience when he was injected with tranquillizers for hepatitis by a doctor prior to playing a Pink Floyd show in Philadelphia on the band’s 1977 tour for the Animals album.
This song features two guitar solos by David Gilmour, and is a particular favorite with Pink Floyd fans. The final solo is widely revered by fans worldwide as one of Gilmour’s best, and is the archetypal rock guitar solo and it is frequently within the top of all guitar solo polls, such as a poll by listeners of digital radio station Planet Rock, in which it was named the best solo of all time. The guitar solo was chosen 4# on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”.

According to the Comfortably Numb Songfacts, this was the last song Waters and Gilmour wrote together.

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