♫ A Whiter Shade Of Pale ♫

Thursdays are my ‘day off’ from house chores, the day I try (and rarely succeed) to get a bit ahead on my blog, catch up on emails, etc.  The reason for Thursday being my day off is that daughter Chris has band practice after work, so she is never home before 11:00 or so on Thursday nights, so … I don’t typically cook, and don’t do a lot around the house.  For example, today I only did 3 loads of laundry, and gave the pantry a good cleaning, swept the floor, cleaned one bathroom, and … well, somehow it didn’t feel much like a day off, but at least the pantry now has some shelf space and we can find the bloomin’ peanut butter!  I actually found a box of oatmeal with a ‘sell by’ date of October 2012!!!  Eight years!  Sheesh … I really must be more diligent.  Anyway, what a lovely treat it was, after all that, to sit down and find that our friend David had sent me a compilation of 70 songs or so … just a snippet of each, but some of which I hadn’t heard or thought about in years!  Tonight’s song is one of them …

Released in May 1967, this is the debut single by the British rock band Procol Harum.  Within a month, the song had surged to the #1 spot in the UK where it would remain for six weeks, and hit #5 in the U.S.  One of the anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of the best selling singles in history, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

A Whiter Shade of Pale was co-written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher, and instead of me telling you about it, I’m going to let them tell you about it in this first video, which I found interesting … perhaps it’s just that I was mesmerized by the accents.  The second video is the actual song.

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kind of sea-sick
And the crowd called out for more
And the room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
But the waiter brought a tray
And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

You said there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
And one of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might just as well be closed
And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
A whiter shade of pale
Turned a whiter shade of pale
A whiter shade of pale

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gary Brooker / Keith Reid / Matthew Fisher
A Whiter Shade of Pale lyrics © T.R.O. Inc.

24 thoughts on “♫ A Whiter Shade Of Pale ♫

  1. ♪We skipped the light fandango
    Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor♪
    Totally classic, doesn’t get much better than this. I can listen to this everyday. 🙂
    Please play more classic rock, ur awesome! ❤

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  2. This in a very good choice Jill. For a start off it was one of those songs where you could make out all the words, the music was slow and flowing, while Gary Brooker’s vocal are as clear as the water the music sets the mood for.
    Keith Reid was ever a lyricist whose complex patterns of words create all sorts of images and ideas (“Conquistador” being the most easy to follow).
    When I heard this first and the line ‘Miller’s Tale’ out of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales popped up and sent me down that line of thought, a kind of group on their way to the coast for a reason we won’t find out. As the ‘Miller’s Tale’ is very… ahem….adult, I could imagine ‘her’ (a vestal virgin) face going white with shock at such vulgarity. Of course that’s just one version, and there are many versions of what the song is about, but I think that was Reid’s idea, get folk thinking.
    I should have bought a lot more Procol Harum and a lot less West Coast ‘experimental’.
    Thanks Jill

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    • Though I always liked this song, I never knew the lyrics until last night when I read them while preparing this post. I read them twice and could make very little sense out of them, but it didn’t really matter … still love the song! And thank you for the inspiration!
      Cwtch

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