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Pink Floyd, 'Comfortably Numb'

Writers: David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Producer: Bob Ezrin
Released: Dec. '79, Columbia
Did not chart

Roger Waters based one of the saddest drug songs ever written on a sleazy Philadelphia doctor who injected him with tranquilizers before a gig when he was suffering from hepatitis. "That was the longest two hours of my life," Waters said. "Trying to do a show when you can hardly lift your arm." Arguably the greatest cover of "Numb": Van Morrison’s 1990 version from The Wall: Live in Berlin concert.

Appears on: The Wall (Capitol)

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