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This version includes verses 3&4 which were only performed in live shows.
Verses 3&4 were cut from the original recording so as to fit the song one side of a 45rpm.
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 CAm
 We skipped the light fan-dango
 FDm
 and turned cartwheels across the floor
 GEmG7
 I was feeling kind of seasick  
 CAmEm
 but the crowd called out for more.  
 FDm
 The room was humming harder
 GEmG7
 as the ceiling flew a-way . .  
 CAmEm
 When we called out for a-nother drink  
 FDm
 the waiter brought a tray
 GCAm
 And so it was that later
 FDm
 as the miller told his tale
 GEm
 that her face at first just ghostly
 G7CFCG7
 turned a whiter shade of pale.  
 CAm
 She said, 'There is no reason,  
 FDm
 and the truth is plain to see.'
 G7EmG7
 But I wandered through my playing cards  
 CAmEm
 and would not let her be . . 
 FDm
 One of sixteen vestal virgins
 G7EmG7
 who were leaving for the coast  
 CAmEm
 and although my eyes were open  
 FDm
 they might just as well have been closed
 GCAm
 And so it was that later
 FDm
 as the miller told his tale
 GEm
 that her face at first just ghostly
 G7CFCG7
 turned a whiter shade of pale.  
 CAm
 She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
 FDm
 though in truth we were at sea
 G7EmG7
 so I took her by the looking glass  
 CAmEm
 and forced her to a-gree.  
 FDm
 Saying, 'You must be the mermaid
 G7EmG7
 who took Neptuen for a ride.'  
 CAmEm
 But she smiled at me so sadly  
 FDm
 that my anger straightway died.
 GCAm
 And so it was that later
 FDm
 as the miller told his tale
 GEm
 that her face at first just ghostly
 G7CFCG7
 turned a whiter shade of pale.  
 CAm
 If music be the food of love
 FDm
 then laughter is its queen
 G7EmG7
 and likewise if be-hind is in front  
 CAmEm
 then dirt in truth is clean.  
 FDm
 My mouth by then like cardboard
 G7EmG7
 seemed to slip straight through my head.  
 CAmEm
 So we crash-dived straightway quickly  
 FDm
 and attacked the ocean bed.
 GCAm
 And so it was that later
 FDm
 as the miller told his tale
 GEm
 that her face at first just ghostly
 G7CFC
 turned a whiter shade of pale.

Corrected by James McCormick. View original
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         A Whiter Shade of Pale

Written by Keith Reid and Gary Brooker (Procul Harum)- 1967
Corrected by Brian Harding (medicinebass)
This version includes verses 3 & 4 which were only performed at live shows.
Verses 3 & 4 were cut from the original recording, so as to fit it on one side of a 45 rpm record.
The recurring Bass theme for this melody is loosely-based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Air on a G-string."

Key: C

C C/B Am Am/G
1. We skipped the light fandango,
F F/E Dm Dm/C
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor.
G G/F Em G7
I was feeling kind of seasick,
C C/B Am Am/G
But, the crowd called out for more.
F F/E Dm Dm/C
The room was humming harder,
G G/F Em G7
As the ceiling flew away,
C C/B Am Am/G
When we called out for another drink,
F F/E Dm G
The waiter brought a tray.


Refrain:
G C C/B Am Am/G
And so it was___ that later___
F F/E Dm Dm/C
As the Miller told his tale,
G G/F Em G7
That her face, at first just ghostly,
C F C G7
Turned a whiter___ shade of pale.


C C/B Am Am/G
2.She said, 'There is no reason
F F/E Dm Dm/C
And the truth is plain to see,
G G/F Em G7
But I wandered through my playing cards
C C/B Am Am/G
And would not let her be;
F F/E Dm Dm/C
One of sixteen vestal virgins
G G/F Em G7
Who were leaving for the coast.
C C/B Am Am/G
And, although my eyes were open,___
F F/E Dm G
They might just as well been closed.

Repeat Refrain, then:
Instrumental, as per Verse, then repeat Refrain.

Verses 1 & 2 are the most popular, hence; I haven't written out Verses 3 & 4

Corrections by medicinebass