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A Whiter Shade Of Pale Chords

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                         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


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


 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 256 Jul 30, 2006 07:04 AM

Say Hi To Your Mom.

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guitargirl115 429 Dec 30, 2006 04:52 PM

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

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BWmusic 10 Nov 24, 2014 05:06 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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