The Nile Song (3:22)

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“The Nile Song” is the second song from Pink Floyd’s 1969 album, Soundtrack from the Film More. Many consider it one of the band’s flirtations with hard rock, along with the 1979 track “Young Lust” (from The Wall) and 1983’s “Not Now John” (from 1983’s The Final Cut).

It is written by Roger Waters and it is one of the few Pink Floyd’s songs not featuring any keyboard. The track “Ibiza Bar” in the same album reprises almost the same theme. Andy Kellman of Allmusic describes “The Nile Song” as “one of the heaviest songs the band recorded”.

The chord progression gives a strain 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.

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