Lady Nina

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"Lady Nina"
Marillion ladynina.jpg
Single by Marillion
from the album Brief Encounter
B-side"Heart Of Lothian"
ReleasedApril 1986
GenreNeo-progressive rock
Songwriter(s)Derek Dick, Mark Kelly, Ian Mosley, Steve Rothery, Pete Trewavas,
Producer(s)Chris Kimsey
Marillion singles chronology
"Heart of Lothian"
"Lady Nina"
"String Module Error: Match not found"
"Heart of Lothian"
"Lady Nina"
"Welcome to the Garden Party" (Germany only)

Lady Nina is a song by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. First released in 1985 on the B-side to the #2 UK hit single "Kayleigh", it was the only single from the EP Brief Encounter released in the United States by Capitol Records in April 1986. A music video was also shot to promote it. While the EP climbed to #67 on the Billboard 200 album charts, "Lady Nina" did not make the Billboard Hot 100, but did reach #30 on the Mainstream Rock charts.[1]

The song is about a prostitute.[2] "Lady Nina" is the only Marillion song to use a drum machine throughout. The cover was designed by permanent Marillion collaborator Mark Wilkinson. The third European single from the Misplaced Childhood album, "Heart of Lothian", featured as the B-side.[3]

The regular 7" single featured an edited version of the title track with a playing time of 03:39; this version was identical to the one found on the b-side of the "Kayleigh" 7" single. No other versions were officially released. However, a 12" promo was sent out to radio stations which featured the extended version (5:45) (originally released on the 12" version of "Kayleigh") on side A and the edited version on side B. The extended version was also the one included on Brief Encounter.[4]

Being a U.S.-only single, "Lady Nina" was not part of the collectors box-set released in July 2000 and was re-issued as a 3-CD set in 2009 (see The Singles '82–88'); however, both tracks of this single are included as they featured on the singles "Kayleigh" and "Heart of Lothian".

Track list[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. Lady Nina 03:39 (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley)

Side B[edit]

  1. Heart of Lothian 03:47 (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley)



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  2. ^ "Readers recommend: songs about prostitution – results". The Guardian. London. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
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