“Pyramid Song” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead. The song reached the top 10 on six national charts and was ranked one of the best tracks of the decade by Rolling Stone, the NME and Pitchfork.
“Pyramid Song” was inspired by the 1960s song “Freedom” by jazz musician Charles Mingus, and once included similar handclaps. The string section was arranged by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, performed by the Orchestra of St John’s and recorded in Dorchester Abbey, a 12-century church about five miles from Radiohead’s studio in Oxfordshire. The lyrics were inspired by an exhibition of ancient Egyptian underworld art attended by singer Thom Yorke while Radiohead was recording in Copenhagen, and ideas of cyclical time discussed by Stephen Hawking and Buddhism.