"The Sheltering Sky" is a 1981 song by the progressive rock band King Crimson. The track is 8:22 in length and is entirely instrumental. It appears as the sixth track on the album Discipline. The title of the song came from a 1949 novel of the same name by Paul Bowles. Bowles is also associated with the Beat Generation, the major inspiration for the following King Crimson album, Beat. "The Sheltering Sky" has a psychedelic sound and is more slow and mellow in comparison to other tracks from the album, similar to the third track from the album, "Matte Kudasai".