Roger Waters has released a new version of “Comfortably Numb,” the iconic Pink Floyd track from their 1979 album The Wall.

The new “Comfortably Numb” is accompanied by a bleak video showing an apocalyptic cityscape. Toward the end of the video, a pig can be seen floating in the sky, a nod to the 1977 Pink Floyd album cover for Animals.

 

Waters said in a statement about the new recording, “Before lockdown I had been working on a demo of a new version of ‘Comfortably Numb’ as an opener to our new show ‘This Is Not A Drill.’ I pitched it a whole step down, in A Minor, to make it darker and arranged it with no solos, except over the outro, where there is a heartrendingly beautiful vocal solo from one of our new sisters Shanay Johnson.”

He added, “It’s intended as a wakeup call, and a bridge towards a kinder future with more talking to strangers, either in ‘The Bar’ or just ‘Passing in the Street’ and less slaughter ‘In Some Foreign Field.’ Here it is. Love R. The video is by Sean Evans. The mix is by Gus Seyffert.”

Waters’ new version of “Comfortably Numb” is available for streaming and download here.

 

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