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Album: The Fragile (Left)
Length: 3:31
Tempo: 120 BPM
Versions: Pilgrimage
Live: With Teeth Spring Arena Tour
Performance 2007

"Pilgrimage" is the ninth track on the Left disc of The Fragile. It is an instrumental track in a 3/4 time signature.

Song Credits






This is the only known version. Its abrasive guitar riff fades in from the end of "Even Deeper," joined at each repetition by new layers of mechanical synthesizers and percussion layers. These layers are soon subsumed by the main theme, played on synthesizers. After its repetition, the layers halt to simply a distorted guitar playing the same riff, which is then joined by drums, bass synth, and wordless vocal melodies. These layers soon crossfade with a return of the main melody, played this time on brass instruments accompanied by marching drums that fade in. Eventually, the horn and synth layers stop, leaving only the marching drums to repeat and stop suddenly, leading into the opening ambient pad of "No, You Don't." On the vinyl version, the song does not fade in at the start, rather beginning with the guitar riff and building at its natural mix volume.


"Pilgrimage" has been used live an an introduction song on the Live: With Teeth Summer Amphitheater Tour and the Performance 2007 tour.

External Links

  • Interview article in Rolling Stone from July 1999 detailing the creation of the end of the track
Previous track - "Even Deeper" Track 9 from The Fragile Left (CD), Side C (Vinyl) Next track - "No, You Don't"