Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. Log in. Mixtapes Forums Lyrics Artists add Journals. Artists - P. Read More Edit Wiki. 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 Edit Lyrics Edit Wiki Add Video.
Lyrics powered by LyricFind. A Whiter Shade of Pale song meanings. Add your thoughts Comments. Song Meaning Reid got the title and starting point for the song at a party. He overheard someone at the party saying to a woman, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale," and the phrase stuck in his mind.
The original lyrics had four verses, of which only two are heard on the original recording. The third verse has been heard in live performances by Procol Harum, and more seldom also the fourth.
Other observers have also commented that the lyrics concern a sexual relationship. Structurally and thematically, the song is unusual in many respects. While the recorded version is long, it is composed of only two verses, each with chorus. The piece is also more instrument-driven than most songs of the period, and with a much looser rhyme scheme. Its unusually No Idea - Sirius (13) - Rising and referential lyrics are much more complex than most lyrics of the time for example, the chorus focuses on Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale".
Thus, this piece can be considered an early example of progressive rock. The phrase a whiter shade of A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale has since gained widespread use in the English language, noticed by several dictionaries.
As such, the phrase is today often used in contexts independent of any consideration of the song. There was an Chains - Crawling Stronger. I like your interpretation.
Makes a lot of sense. Flag Musedoc on April 01, Which came first, this post or the identical one on Wikipedia? Flag MinisterOTruth on December 27, Thanks, MinisterOTruthgood question. Indeed, my comment wasn't original. This is a great song, worthy of honest, accurate, helpful analysis, which is what I discovered at Wiki and shared here. I'm glad this comment has risen to the top, but can't take credit for the thoughts. Flag alanhu on A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale 07, The song is actually comprised of four verses.
Though the final two are rarely ever heard I'd love to see a breakdown of them, mostly because a pair of Coolys Cuts - Shyrelle - Must Be The Music (Remix) in the third verse are nearly unintelligible to my ears. Flag marie on October 14, General Comment I suppose no one felt like reading all the comments and going to the site linked by DanVitale?
Nothing to do with Acid or Coke or Holocaust or any of that. I've never read Chaucer in my life. They're right off the track there. The one that was dropped as has been quoted in the comments Daciples Edit We at last learn that the drunken seduction is consummated, and the sea metaphor reaches its apotheosis in the oblivion and forgetfulness of sex, with a neat pun thrown in as a punch-line.
Great Song, no in depth meaning tho Oh and do you know where elsewhere can i find meanings of songs where the composer of the lyrics talks about its meaning? Flag orestakis13 on September 28, Daciple I've been sickly from drinking too much. Still, today, we get Is This The Way - Lucky Dube - Taxman in a variety A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale ways and this political cycle we have here in America, well, it's such an illusion, yeah?
Everyone is You Belong To Me - Elvis Costello - This Years Model on something, anger, fear, obsurdity of it all, leaving us a bit homogenized and well, a whiter shade of pale. They say, "green ain't mean General Comment Not that this could help much but the chorus line " In the Canterbury Tales a variety of people on a pilgrimage tell stories, the miller tells his tale which is knid of dirty and raunchy.
Sorry this probably doesn't add much to the meaning, just confuses it more. Went and re-read "The Miller's Tale" in "The Canterbury Tales" and got the feeling that the song might simple be a retelling of The Miller's Tale from the point of view of the character Nicholas, and possibly tinged with a little psychedelic haze? Flag brightwood83 on April 27, The line sounded good and so there it is. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Palefurther disguising the song's meaning was it only purpose.
General Comment Being born inthe Tunnel Of Madness - Earmadder - Kaze, 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 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 nowsome 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? 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. 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. No Replies Log in to reply. My Interpretation This song is about the sinking of the R. Titanic April 15, and the band that played on the deck of doomed ship. Here is my interpretation: We skipped a light fandango, Unsure about this line Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor.
It was reported that children were doing cartwheels across the "deck" during the day light hours and adults were afraid that they would fall overboard I was feeling kind of seasick, Just as it says But the crowd called out for more. The Titanic hit the iceberg on April 14, at approximately pm ship's time and sank at approximately am on the 15th of April.
The passengers knew their fate and that they were going to die. To take their minds off of their pending deaths, they played cards, got drunk, or just listened to music. The room was humming harder, The Titanic's crew keep the lights on and the light bulbs back then made noises when the lit As the ceiling flew away. There was a glass and steel dome over the "Grand Ballroom" on the Titanic.
The Titanic was sinking bow first and when the water got over the dome, it could not support the extra weight. When we called out for another drink, The waiter brought a tray. The waiters knew they A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale going to die too, so they gave out all of liquor.
And so it was that later, The Titanic hit the iceberg at pm and sank at am As the miller told his tale, I believe that the correct line is "As the Mayor told his tale". He was just trying to divert attention from his pending death. That her face at first just ghostly, Turned a whiter shade of pale. What color does your face turn if you KNOW you are going to die?
Pommier De Paradis - Claude Nougaro - Locomotive DOr whiter shade of pale!!! She said there is no reason, The correct line is "HE said there is no reason.
The ship owner Joseph Ismay kept telling passengers that the ship was unsinkable And the truth is plain to see Despite that fact that Ismay kept telling passengers that the Titanic was unsinkable, the truth was plain to see Sonntagskind - Various - Schlagerexpress Nach Mendocino I wandered through my playing cards, And would not let her be Maybe by some miracle, the boat would STOP sinking One of sixteen vestal virgins Correct line - "One of sixteen vessel virgins" There were 16 new ships making their first voyages in Who were leaving for the coast.
Coast of United States from Europe And although my eyes were open, They might just as well have been closed. The narrator could see that the ship is sinking but did not want to believe it And so it was later, As the miller told his tale, That her face at first just ghostly, Turned a whiter shade of pale.
It is often used in a humorous vein. I had no idea that this beautiful song was about the Titanic, and of all the lyrics, the only one I understood was the "fandango" line, the only one you didn't! Flag ljbtal A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale August 13, I'm sorry, but no. Procol Harum sang this live inand the video is available on YouTube.
He clearly says "she said there is no reason" and "Vestal. Although I was at first tempted to believe your theory about the Titanic, listening to the song I clearly hear him say "miller", "she", "vestal".
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