The Riverboat Song

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"The Riverboat Song"
Single by Ocean Colour Scene
from the album Moseley Shoals
Released 5 February 1996
Format Vinyl record (7") and CD
Genre Britpop, alternative rock
Length 4:58
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Simon Fowler, Steve Cradock, Oscar Harrison, Damon Minchella
Producer(s) Brendan Lynch
Ocean Colour Scene singles chronology
"Do Yourself a Favour"
(1992)
"The Riverboat Song"
(1996)
"You've Got It Bad"
(1996)
"Do Yourself a Favour"
(1992)
"The Riverboat Song"
(1996)
"You've Got It Bad"
(1996)

"The Riverboat Song" is a rock song by Ocean Colour Scene.

The song is heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks", from which it takes its main riff and a number of lyrics. The song is notable in that it is in 6/8 swing time, like Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks", and not the more common 4/4 time normally used in rock music. The song was popularised by Radio 1 DJ Chris Evans, who played it frequently on his radio shows and to introduce guests on his television programme TFI Friday.

As a result, having been released in February 1996, it reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart, paving the way for the success of the next two singles, "You've Got It Bad" (7) and "The Day We Caught the Train" (4) and the album Moseley Shoals.

Recently, OCS guitarist Steve Cradock joined Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald on stage to perform the song live with her performing the vocal track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Riverboat Song"
  2. "So Sad"
  3. "Charlie Brown Says"

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