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 (1969-03)
Format 7" single
Recorded February 1969
Length 3:26
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.[5][6] Released as a single in 1969 (only in France, Japan and New Zealand),[7] 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".[8] 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.[9]



"The Nile Song" was covered by:


  1. ^ Mark Fogarty (14 August 2008). Went to See the Gypsy. p. 293. ISBN 978-1-4357-5140-8. 
  2. ^ Riley Haas (13 September 2013). The Beatles Are the Greatest Rock Band of All Time and I Can Prove It. Riley Haas. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-9921513-0-0. 
  3. ^ Andy Mabbett (28 September 2010). Pink Floyd- The music and the mystery: The Music and the Mystery. Omnibus Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-85712-418-0. 
  4. ^ Pink Floyd- Uncensored on the Record. Coda Books Ltd. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-908538-27-7. 
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  6. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
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  8. ^ Kellman, Andy. Pink Floyd - Relics at AllMusic. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Pink Floyd: Anthology (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.)

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