The Nile Song
"The Nile Song" is the second song from Pink Floyd's 1969 album, More, the soundtrack to the film of the same name and Relics in 1971. Released as a single in 1969 (only in France, Japan and New Zealand), 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.
|"The Nile Song"|
|Single by Pink Floyd|
|from the album More|
|Pink Floyd singles chronology|
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.
Andy Kellman of AllMusic declared "The Nile Song" to be "one of the heaviest songs the band ever recorded". 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. The song's style has been described as heavy metal, acid rock and hard rock.
"The Nile Song" was covered by:
- The Human Instinct, on their 1971 album Pins In It.
- The Necros, on their 1986 album Tangled Up.
- Red Temple Spirits, on their 1988 album Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon.
- The Melvins, live at UCLA in 1993.
- Panthers, on their 2004 album Things Are Strange.
- The Morlocks, on their 1991 album Wake Me When I'm Dead.
- Voivod, on their 1993 album The Outer Limits.
- Dreadnaught, on their 2001 EP One Piece Missing.
- Gov't Mule, on their 2018 tour Dark Side of the Mule
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- "Dreadnaught - One Piece Missing". Discogs. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- "Gov't Mule Concert Setlist Jones Beach State Park, NY July 12, 2018".