Comfortably Numb is as many of you will know, a Pink Floyd song, written in 1979 and included in The Wall album. It’s one of the few songs for which royalties are split between Roger Waters (lyrics) and David Gilmour (melody and much of the music). Lyrics come from a Waters experience that, during a tour, was treated (via injections) with a medicine for hepatitis. Gilmour would have liked a more grunge arrangement but at the time of recording Waters prevailed.

“For Comfortably Numb we have been arguing as crazy. Truly a great quarrel, has gone on for years”.

The composition of the piece

The piece is composed as a dialogue between Pink (Gilmour) and a doctor (Waters). At beginning there is an immediate input of drums, synthesizer and electric bass, immediately creating a suspended and deep atmosphere. But the most characteristic part of the song are the two electric guitar solos, both played by Gilmour. The one that ends the track, the longest one that fades away, is the 4st most beautiful solo in the world. This by the specialized magazine Guitar World.

Curiosity: Comfortably Numb is the Top for Surgeons

Maybe not everyone knows that Comfortably Numb has won a prize in a very unusual category: “Best operating room music”.
From a study carried out by the University of Cardiff that sought to understand what could be the most suitable pieces that doctors should listen to when they are carrying out surgery. According to study out of 5 operations, 4 are performed with musical accompaniment. According to the British Medical Journal, music “improves communication between staff, reduces anxiety and increases efficiency”.

Antithesis on top

In first place, as already mentioned, Comfortably Numb stands out, which in some way seems to recall also the anesthesia to which the patients are subjected. But a bit surprising at second place are the Bee Gees, with Stayin’ Alive, which instead sounds like a hope.