Pissing in a River

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"Pissing in a River"
Pissing in a River - Patti Smith.jpg
Single by Patti Smith
from the album Radio Ethiopia
B-side "Ask the Angels"
Released 1976 (1976)
Format Vinyl (7")
Recorded Record Plant Studios, 1976
Genre Rock
Length 4:41
Label Arista
Writer(s) Patti Smith, Ivan Kral
Producer(s) Jack Douglas
Patti Smith singles chronology
in a River
(My Heart)

"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.[1] 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.[2] 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".


  1. ^ "Patti Smith discography". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Nick Hornby – 31 songs that changed my life". Retrieved 2008-03-08. 

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