"Grand Hotel" as written by Keith Reid and Gary Brooker....
Tonight we sleep on silken sheets
We drink fine wine and eat rare meats
On Carousel and gambling stake
Our fortunes speed, and dissipate
It's candlelight and chandelier
It's silver plate and crystal clear
The nights we stay at Hotel Grand

Tonight we dine at Hotel Ritz
(A golden dish with every wish )
It's mirrored walls, and velvet drapes
Dry champagne, and bursting grapes
Dover sole, and Oeufs Mornay
Profiteroles and Peach Flambe
The waiters dance on fingertips
The nights we dine at Hotel Ritz

One more toast to greet the morn
The wine and dine have danced till dawn
Where's my Continental Bride?
We'll Continental slip and slide
Early morning pinch and bite -
(These French girls always like to fight)
It's serenade and Sarabande
The nights we stay at Hotel Grand
Les nuits qu'on passe à l'Hotel Grande

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"Grand Hotel" as written by Keith Reid Gary Brooker

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    General CommentFirst! But really, this is about a man taking his wife/mistress out to the Ritz, and judging by the tone, he did something he wasn't supposed to, hence the fancy restaurant.
    tjrieveson May 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always loved this song. I have my own interpretation. I interpret the man planning the perfect date, preparing everything to perfection. In his voice, he seems to be singing toward the past, as if he was thinking "I did everything right. What went wrong?" This to me, is expressed in Gary Brooker's singing and voice. It's a mixture of celebration but regret. Perhaps regret from what the date did, what he did, or how he handled a situation not mentioned directly in the lyrics.

    What gives me this opinion is the sound of the music and orchestra, especially the part in the middle. I always used this song to lament, if I was hurt or feeling insecure. This piece reflects great beauty, but also hints of insecurity and self doubt. "The Early morning pinch and bite, these French girls always like to fight....Where's my continental bride? If it weren't for the brilliant, genious music to accompany these notions, I may have a different interpretation. But the sound in coherence with the lyrics I believe, makes Procol Harum extraordinary and a true mark of genious. I first fell in love with this song when I was 17, after my first heartbreak. I blamed myself; that was 27 years ago. The song comforted me and I still use the song to comfort me today in similar situations.
    JOrcaon September 01, 2013   Link

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