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'Comfortably Numb' vs. 'The Spirit Carries On'

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Poll Question: Which of these songs do you prefer more?
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    Posted: August 19 2014 at 20:48
I've always thought of these two songs being rather similar from Pink Floyd and Dream Theater respectively. Or at least, 'The Spirit Carries On' is to Dream Theater as 'Comfortably Numb' is to Pink Floyd. I'm a big fan of the DT song, especially the live versions I've seen/heard. The PF song is a good one, but it just doesn't hit me the same way. Thoughts?

I can guess now how this poll might turn out though. Ermm
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Comfortably Numb, but I like The Spirit as well.
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Comfortably Numb... one of the greats of Pink Floyd. There are many songs I really love from Dream Theater, but "The Spirit Carries On" is not one of them. Not even close.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ProgMetaller2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2014 at 22:11
Not at all close in my opinion. Comfortably Numb by Eons 
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Quite 'Comfortably'....the 'Numb'
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Yeah, the results should surprise no one.

CN, easily.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 19 2014 at 22:43
Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112

Not at all close in my opinion. Comfortably Numb by Eons 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ProgMetaller2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 04:38
Originally posted by addictedtoprog

Quite 'Comfortably'....the 'Numb'

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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 04:41
Originally posted by Wanorak

Comfortably Numb, but I like The Spirit as well.

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Floyd!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Metalmarsh89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 09:19
Originally posted by Man With Hat

Yeah, the results should surprise no one.

CN, easily.


Looks like DT managed another vote, but I have no idea where it came from. Shocked
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 09:25
The Spirit Carries On.

Never could get what's so special about Comfortably Numb.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 10:16
I find The Spirit Carries On to be really annoying

Comfortably Numb on the other hand is an amazing song

for me anyways  :)

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Originally posted by Metalmarsh89

I've always thought of these two songs being rather similar from Pink Floyd and Dream Theater respectively. Or at least, 'The Spirit Carries On' is to Dream Theater as 'Comfortably Numb' is to Pink Floyd. I'm a big fan of the DT song, especially the live versions I've seen/heard. The PF song is a good one, but it just doesn't hit me the same way. Thoughts?I can guess now how this poll might turn out though. Ermm


Both are amazing and terrific well-written songs. It's a joy to listen to them both.
However, I give a slight edge to comfortably numb do to my tastes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote silverpot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2014 at 13:06
I had never heard the DT song so I checked it out and was astonished by how much the intro sounds like PF's Coming Back to Life and when the singing starts it's like they're trying to emulate something out of The Final Cut.

Another vote for CNumb.
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Easy choice. "The Spirit Carries On" is one of the songs that turned me off DT after thoroughly enjoying everything they'd done up to that point.

"Comfortably Numb" has been played to hell and back by FM radio, but it's a great song nonetheless.

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Originally posted by silverpot

I had never heard the DT song so I checked it out and was astonished by how much the intro sounds like PF's Coming Back to Life and when the singing starts it's like they're trying to emulate something out of The Final Cut.

Another vote for CNumb.

Yeah, sort of.  It sounds like a track that might have been off The Wall, bit like One of My Turns (without the zany portion) or Nobody Home.  Ruddess even plays an organ-like tone.  

Voted for Numb.  In this case, the lyrics (and also Gilmour's singing vis a vis La Brie) seal the issue. The lyrics for Numb are simple but poignant, Waters tapping into his ability to come up with associations that everyone can relate to in some way or the other.  DT's...well, would rather not comment.  As such, Floyd just perform gently and steadily to make a haunting impression while DT make an impressive attempt to build up a crescendo but it doesn't touch me.
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the Floyd

Edited by Michael678 - August 20 2014 at 20:23
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Post Options Post Options   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2014 at 02:30
Comfortably Numb versus what ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thwok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 21 2014 at 08:32
'The Spirit Carries On' is one of my favorites, and that seems to be the general consensus among Dream Theater fans.  DT may not receive the general adoration that Pink Floyd does, but I think they're definitely a more consistently good band.
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