The Nile Song

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"The Nile Song"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album Soundtrack from the Film More
B-side "Ibiza Bar" (France and New Zealand)
"Main Theme" (Japan)
Released March 1969
Format 7"
Recorded February 1969
Genre Heavy metal,[1] hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:26
Label Columbia Records, Harvest Records
Writer(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Point Me at the Sky"
"The Nile Song"
"One of These Days"
Soundtrack from the Film More track listing
Relics track listing

"The Nile Song" is the second song from Pink Floyd's 1969 album, Soundtrack from the Film More.[2][3] Released as a single in 1969 (only in France, Japan and New Zealand),[4] it was written by Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour.


Andy Kellman of Allmusic describes "The Nile Song" as "one of the heaviest songs the band recorded".[1] The chord progression is a series of modulations, beginning at A, and then rising a whole step with each repeat, cycling through six different keys, returning to the starting point of A, and continuing the pattern as the song fades out.[5]



"The Nile Song" was covered by:


  1. ^ a b Relics, Pink Floyd: Review, Allmusic.
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  3. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Pink Floyd: Anthology (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.)

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