The Nile Song

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"The Nile Song"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album More
ReleasedMarch 1969 (1969-03)
Format 7" single
RecordedFebruary 1969
Songwriter(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Point Me at the Sky"
"The Nile Song"
"One of These Days"

"The Nile Song" is the second song from Pink Floyd's 1969 album, More , the soundtrack to the film of the same name. [1] [2] Released as a single in 1969 (only in France, Japan and New Zealand), [3] it was written by Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour. It is similar to another song on the album, "Ibiza Bar". While the song was never performed live by Pink Floyd, the song was played by Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets in 2018. [4]

Pink Floyd English rock band

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history.

<i>More</i> (soundtrack) 1969 studio album / Soundtrack album by Pink Floyd

More(released in the United States as Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film More) is the first soundtrack album and third studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 13 June 1969 in the United Kingdom by EMI Columbia and on 9 August 1969 in the United States by Tower Records. It was the band's first album without any involvement from former band leader Syd Barrett, and is a soundtrack for the 1969 film of the same name, which was primarily filmed on location on Ibiza and was the directorial debut of Barbet Schroeder.

<i>More</i> (1969 film) 1969 film by Barbet Schroeder

More is an English-language drama-romance film written and directed by Barbet Schroeder, in his theatrical feature film directorial debut, released in 1969. Starring Mimsy Farmer and Klaus Grünberg, it deals with heroin addiction as drug fascination on the island of Ibiza, Spain. The film was made in the political fallout of the 1960s counterculture. Featuring drug experimentation, "free love", and other references to contemporary European youth culture.


While the rest of the More album was issued in true stereo, "The Nile Song" was mixed in mono and processed into Duophonic stereo for release. A proper mono mix was eventually issued on the album's 2011 CD remaster.[ citation needed ]

Duophonic sound was a trade name for a type of audio signal processing used by Capitol Records on certain releases and re-releases of mono recordings issued during the 1960s and 1970s. In this process monaural recordings were reprocessed into a type of artificial stereo. Generically, the sound is commonly known as fake stereo or mock stereo.


Andy Kellman of AllMusic declared 'The Nile Song' to be "one of the heaviest songs the band ever recorded". [5] 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 this pattern as the song fades out. [6] The song's style has been described as heavy metal, [7] [8] acid rock [9] and hard rock. [10] [11]

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Chord progression a succession of musical chords

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David Gilmour English guitarist of Pink Floyd

David Jon Gilmour, is an English guitarist, singer and songwriter who was a member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He joined the group as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968 shortly before the departure of founding member Syd Barrett. Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the best-selling and most acclaimed acts in music history; by 2012, the band had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the United States. Following the departure of Roger Waters in 1985, Gilmour assumed leadership of Pink Floyd; they released three more studio albums before disbanding in 2014.

Roger Waters English songwriter and musician

George Roger Waters is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served as the bassist, but following the departure of songwriter Syd Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

Nick Mason English drummer of Pink Floyd

Nicholas Berkeley Mason, is an English drummer, best known as a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.


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