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A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum Lyrics


We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

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

She said "there is no reason"
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed

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

And so it was that later

Lyrics © Onward Music Limited
Written by: Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher

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Captain Briz

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
She said "there is no reason"
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
And so it was that later



pascal mayer

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
She said "there is no reason"
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
And so it was that later



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Sharen Donnelly

Nothing compares today, this is pure magic.

Duane A

Yes indeed ...Gary, the performance of the orchestra and the entire concert

SkiRon Holland

There are good songs, great songs, and then there are the rare, timeless masterpieces that transcend fads, genres, and eras. This is one of those gems.

Greg Lepage

@Brian Riley good to hear brian i wish you well with good music

Brian Riley

@Greg Lepage I'm 70 and agree.

kathy love

@Erewhon Hi. I am 66. This song has been with me a long time. The younger generations (not all) just don't see it yet. I hope someday they will. Us "old folks" got our knowledge of music from music like this and so much more. It's up to the songwriters now to show them, i know of at least one that is/will.

kathy love

SkiRon......I could not agree more. This song has not just been a favorite almost my entire life, it is exactly what you said, a gem, a rare gem. It brings tears to my eyes when i listen to it. The orchestra here is so good. I'm sure it's a personal favorite to millions. GB RIP our brother.

Sergio Correa

Agreed

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Boating News Blog

I'm not ashamed to say this song made me cry as a kid because it was so beautiful and melodic. Whenever the song came on at home, I had to find a private place in the house so I could enjoy this song and cry in peace. I thank God for this timeless classic.

Peggy Thompson

This is a religious experience

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