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A Whiter Shade Of Pale Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
From: yjohn@gpu.utcc.utoronto.ca (John Ross)

                         A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

               Keith Reid and Gary Brooker (Procul Harum)
                               (C) 1967

Intro: (all notes in first position)

C        Am       F        Dm       G        Em  G7   C   F    G   F G7

C                         Am
   We skipped the light fandango    <--- verse I
   She said "There is no  reason,   <--- verse II

F                                  Dm
  And turned cartwheels across the floor
  And the truth is plain to        see,"

G                          Em      G7
  I was feeling kind of    seasick
  But I wandered through my playing cards

C                              Am   Em
  But the crowd called out for more
  And would not let her        be

F                       Dm
  The room was humming  harder
  One of sixteen vestal virgins

G                          Em   G7
  As the ceiling flew a-   way
  Who were leaving for the coast

C                           Am     Em
  When we called out for a- nother drink
  And although my eyes were o-     pen

F                                 Dm
  The waiter brought a            tray
They might just as well have been closed


G13       C6  Cmaj7      Am    C
And so it was      that  later

F                        Dm
  As the miller told his tale

G                             Em
  That her face at first just ghostly

G7         C      F          C     G7  C (second time)
  Turned a whiter   shade of pale


From uunet!mcsun!fuug!funic!polaris!jriitala Sat Jul 18 13:22:30 PDT 1992
Article: 856 of alt.guitar.tab
Newsgroups: alt.guitar.tab
Path: nevada.edu!uunet!mcsun!fuug!funic!polaris!jriitala
From: jriitala@polaris.utu.fi (Jari Riitala)
Subject: Re: music : whiter shade of pale
Message-ID: <1992Jul18.104029.8844@polaris.utu.fi>
Keywords: procal harum
Reply-To: jriitala@polaris.utu.fi
Organization: University of Turku
References: <33088@cbmvax.commodore.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 92 10:40:29 GMT
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macon@gallifry.Berkeley.EDU (Glen Macon) writes:
>Title:				WHITER SHADE OF PALE		(Procal Harum)

Some corrections to the chords. I'm writing this from my head so these may be
a bit off, too, but certainly closer. My chart says it's in C but I think I
never did actually check it, so I'll stay in G.

>		G  F#               Em        D
                G  D/F#                Em     Em7/D
>		We skipped the last fandango
>		C      Bm                     Am     G
                C      G/B                    Am     Am7/G
>		Turned cart-wheels `cross the floor
>		D     C               Bm      Am
                D     D7/C            Bm7     D7/A
>		I was feeling kind of sea-sick

and so on

>		D         G    F#      Em       D
                D13       G    D/F#    Em      Em7/D
>	CHORUS: And so we watched, and later
as in the verse except for the ending which was OK:
>		       G      C        G     D
>		Turn a whiter shade of pale

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iftah1 wrote on July 30 2006, 11:04 am

Say Hi To Your Mom.

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guitargirl115 wrote on December 30 2006, 09:52 pm

Sounds really great, though the transition from Am to Em seems a little off.

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BWmusic wrote on November 24 2014, 10:06 pm

What the F***, doesn't anybody have an EAR!!! For the mangled ears only!!
Easy version and a lesson:
|| C Em/B | Am C/G | F Am/E | Dm F/C | G G7/F | Em G/D | C F | G F G ||
|| C Em/B | Am C/G | F Am/E | Dm F/C | G G7/F | Em G/D |
|| C Em/B | Am C/G | F Am/E | Dm F/C | G G7/F | Em G/D |
|| C Em/B | Am C/G | F Am/E | Dm F/G G7 |
|| C Em/B | Am C/G | F Am/E | Dm F | G G7/F | Em G/D | C F | C G G6 ||

In the classics the walk down bass is called a 'ground bass', which this song is taken from.
When you see a chord with a 'slash - /', that is what the note the bass is playing.
Take the 2nd chord, Em/B, the actual chord is a CM7 with the bass playing a B note.
- Beaux Williams

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