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A WHITER SHADE OF PALE  Keith Reid and Gary Brooker (Procul Harum)

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[C]We skipped the light fan[Am]dango
[F]And turned cartwheels across the [Dm]floor
[G]I was feeling kind of [Em]seasick[G7]
[C]But the crowd called out for [Am]more[Em]
[F]The room was humming [Dm]harder
[G]As the ceiling flew a[Em]way[G7]
[C]When we called out for a[Am]nother [Em]drink
[F]The waiter brought a [Dm]tray

     [G13]And so it [C6]was [Cmaj7]     that  [Am]later[C]
     [F]As the miller told his [Dm]tale
     [G]That her face at first just [Em]ghostly
     [G7]Turned a [C]whiter [F]shade of [C]pale[G7] [C]

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 just as well have been closed


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medicinebass (report)

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.

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