Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Ode: On Being Comfortably Numb

I can remember when I first listened to 'Comfortably Numb' and, scales-falling-from-eyes-ishly, said to myself: 'hey, this is basically Wordsworth's "Immortality" Ode, with guitars'. Specifically, the Floyd jumble up the young jouissance of spiritual apprehension of the cosmos ('when I was young I had a fe-e-e-e-ever') and the gloomy, shades-of-the-prison-house older man (basically: all the Roger Waters groaning bit).  But on balance I'd say that the whole thing works better jumbled up than it does in Wordsworth's original, more linear progression from youth to age.

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