Rodger Waters 'Comfortably Numb': Poem Analysis

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“Comfortably Numb” is a work of incomparable beauty and depth, this song's greatness is not only encapsulated by the musical arrangement, but also by the breathtaking lyrics and their meaning. The origin for the idea for the song “Comfortably Numb” and the whole “The Wall” album, was born in Rodger Waters mind. Roger Waters took many inspirations from his life he and what he saw in other people. He wanted to create an inner wall, much like the fourth wall actors and actresses imagine in theater production. Would creating a fourth wall inside of Rodgers own mind allow him to grow in new ways musically? One of the major catalysts for the writing of the song “Comfortably Numb” occurred on the “Animals” tour. During a set Rodger Waters spat into the face of a fan who had tried to climb up on the stage towards the band. After the performance, Rodger waters retreated into a solemn introspective journey in which he started to build the wall.…show more content…
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