Pyramid Song (4:46)

Cover of Amnesiac

From Amnesiac and 129 other releases

Pyramid Song” is a piano-driven piece with vocals and lyrics by Yorke. It also features string orchestrations by band member Jonny Greenwood. The song builds to a climax with the introduction of Phil Selway’s jazz-influenced compound rhythm and the siren-like wails of the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument also played by Jonny. Colin Greenwood plays upright bass rather than his usual electric; O’Brien adds subtle electric guitar to live versions, playing with lots of delay. The song was produced by Nigel Godrich together with Radiohead.

At various times “Pyramid Song” has also been known as “Egyptian Song” and “Nothing to Fear,” from a lyric in its chorus.[5] It received its live début in 1999 at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Amsterdam, at which it was performed solo by Yorke on piano. Subsequently the full-band version became a part of Radiohead’s anticipated concert tours in 2000, both before and after the release of Kid A. “Pyramid Song” was one of several new songs played live but not included on that album, leading some to criticize the band for leaving off their most melodic new material.

Originally slated for a series of EPs or singles, “Pyramid Song” and the other unreleased songs (such as “You and Whose Army?” and “Knives Out”) eventually came together as the follow-up Amnesiac, along with other material that had been recorded during the marathon Kid A sessions.


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