"Whiter Shade Of Pale" as written by and Gary Brooker Keith Reid....
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

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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"A Whiter Shade of Pale" as written by Gary Brooker Keith Reid

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    General CommentBeing born inthe 50's, raised int the 60's and college in the early 70's, I can relate to the use of symbology in songs. I was first into folk music... Dylan, PP&M, the Spinners, etc. and then moved into a broader range including Procol Harem (still basically a folk song, but so much more) English Lit was a mandatory class in HS so I'm familiar with Chaucer. My music studies, of course, includied the classics (theory, figured bass,etc.). I did write some songs back then. They had references to things I had read or done and it made perfect sense to me at the time. Looking back on them now , some of them seem to be the end result of a stoner weekend. I never intended that, I just used references to things that meant something to me, I told the tale from a personal point of view [doesn't every songwriter?] The lyrics could seem cryptic now, but at the time it was plain to me. I think every writer at that time was doing the same thing, telling it from a personal point of view with references that had special meaning at the time. Those references may not carry over 40+ years later. WSoP is a classic. It captures a moment in the life of the songwriter and it still endures like any good work of art. Accept it, don't tear it apart looking for some hidden meaning. The words have been in my head since I first heard it, like so many other great songs. The music is much deeper down.
    carlton73on April 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE the StrINGS in the background! I can't believe no one has commented on this song. Great classics edited from Bach's Air for G string.
    synchronicalon November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentShe said there is no reason
    and the truth is plain to see
    but I wander through my playing cards
    would not let her be

    just a correction. It is a good song. Actually has some emotion to it, unlike a lot of others on the radio.
    traviswrdunbaron March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSongs from the summer of love ('67) baby.

    Truely about a drug trip.
    Comrade_Liaron March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwho sang the original? Van Morrison sings this song, as wellas Annie Lennox... But who is the Mastermind, the ORIGINAL??
    And what does this song mean???
    marnsmarieon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentprocol harum did it originally... i don't have a clue as to what it is actually about, no one does... but drugs do seem to be a good bet
    danddanon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEvery song can't be about drugs! I don't know exactly what it's "about", but the line "whiter shade of pale" is somehow very sad. Like something that was already ruined just went even further down the drain. This song makes me pretty sad in general. *sniff*
    Reynard Muldrakeon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, kinda funny how you said that the line whiter shade of pale made you sniffle. it is about cocain, at least the whiter shade of pale part is.
    fastfingerzon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've heard that this song is about the sinking of the Titanic.
    ProposedMeaningon February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAre we for sure that it's "As the Miller told its tale"? I had thought it was "As the Mirror told its tale", and that the song was sort of a realization of the beholder....
    KathKayon February 23, 2006   Link

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