"Pissing in a River" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral, and released as a lead single from the Patti Smith Group's 1976 album Radio Ethiopia. It was featured in both the 1980 movie Times Square and the 1997 independent film All Over Me. Nick Hornby describes "Pissing in a River" as one of 31 songs that have provided a soundtrack to his life. It also appears on Smith's compilations Land and iTunes Originals.
The opening piano chord sequence forms the basis for DJ Shadow's song "Blood on the Motorway".