Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Official)


Footage from 1967 of the first Procol Harum line-up. This promotional film was restored and upgraded by Henry Scott-Irvine in 2008. included in the 2015 remastered & expanded 'Procol Harum' album via Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records


Henry Scott-Irvine is the writer of the band's biography 'The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade of Pale'.


Gary Brooker, (born 29 May 1945) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and founder and lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 14 June 2003, in recognition of his charitable services.



Lyrics


We skipped the light fandango

turned cartwheels 'cross the floor

I was feeling kinda seasick

but 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

and 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


She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'

though in truth we were at sea

so I took her by the looking glass

and forced her to agree

saying, 'You must be the mermaid

who took Neptune for a ride.'

But she smiled at me so sadly

that my anger straightway died

If music be the food of love

then laughter is its queen

and likewise if behind is in front

then dirt in truth is clean

My mouth by then like cardboard

seemed to slip straight through my head

So we crash-dived straightway quickly

and attacked the ocean bed


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


Songwriters: Gary Brooker / Keith Reid / Matthew Fisher

A Whiter Shade of Pale lyrics © Onward Music Limited







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