|Single by Pink Floyd|
|A-side||"The Nile Song"
|Released||27 July 1969|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, space rock, instrumental rock|
|Pink Floyd singles chronology|
The piece was performed live only a few times during the 1970 Pink Floyd tour; some notable differences from the studio version include being longer in length, some small screams from Roger Waters, a notable key change, and a David Gilmour solo played with a slide, before returning to its original key and theme at its ending.
The track begins with a panning gong that lasts as a drone sound for the whole piece; at 0:30 the Farfisa organ starts a progression of modal chords, that fades at 1:12 into a drum-bass iterative sequence, similar to, but slower than, the one featured at the opening of "Let There Be More Light". The Farfisa organ played through a wah-wah pedal (1:20) plays a progression of background notes over the drum-bass line, while the untreated organ plays the main melodic notes (2:10). The slide-guitar plays from the middle of the piece onward.
- Roger Waters – bass and gong
- Richard Wright – Farfisa organ
- David Gilmour – slide guitar
- Nick Mason – drums and percussion