A Whiter Shade Of Pale chords & lyrics

by Procol Harum

  • A Whiter Shade Of Pale was written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher.
  • Recorded: Olympic Studios, West London
  • Released: May 12, 1967 from the album Procol Harum - Greatest Hits.
  • Music: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at 75 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, Em/B, Am, C/G, F, Am/E, Dm, F/C, G, G7, Em

Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum

Intro: 4/4    
    |  C  -  Em/B  |  Am  -  C/G  |  F  -  Am/E  |  Dm  -  F/C   |
    |  G  -  G/F   |  Em  -  G7   |  C  -  F     |  G  /  F  G7  |   

 C  - Em/B                   Am  - C/G
1. We skip-ped the light fan-dan-go 
 F    -   Am/E                     Dm  –  F/C
   Turned cart-wheels a-cross the floor
 G   –   G/F              Em  –   G7
   I was feel-ing kind of sea-sick
 C  –  Em/B                 Am  –  C/G
   The crowd called out for more
 F  –  Am/E              Dm   –  F/C
   The room was hum-ming hard-er
 G    –   G/F             Em  –  G7
   As the ceil-ing flew a-way
 C    -    Em/B              Am  -  C/G
   When we called out for a-noth-er drink
 F  -  Am/E              Dm   -   G
   The wait-er brought a tray___(and so it)

                  C  - Em/B    Am  -  C/G
Chorus: And so it wa – as that lat-er
      F   -    Am/E             Dm  –  F/C
        As the mil-ler told his tale
      G     –    G/F                 Em  –  G7
        That her face at first just ghost-ly
                   C  -  F           C  - G7
        Turn-ed a Whit-er  Shade Of Pale

Instr:
  |  C  – Em/B  |  Am  – C/G  |  F  – Am/E  |  Dm  –  F/C  |
  |  G  –  G/F  |  Em  –  G7  |    C  –  F  |  G  / F  G7  |

 C  -  Em/B              Am  -  C/G
2. She said there is no reas-on
 F    -    Am/E              Dm  –  F/C
   And the truth is plain to see
 G   –   G/F                   Em    –      G7
   But I wand-ered through my play-ing cards
 C  –  Em/B              Am  –  C/G
   And would not let her be
 F    –   Am/E              Dm  –  F/C
   One of six-teen vest-al virg-ins
 G     –    G/F               Em  –  G7
   Who were leav-ing for the coast
C    -    Em/B       Am     -      C/G
   And al-though my eyes were o-pen
 F      -     Am/E                     Dm   -   G
   They might just as well have been closed___(and so it)

                  C  - Em/B    Am  -  C/G
Chorus: And so it wa – as that lat-er
      F   -    Am/E             Dm  –  F/C
        As the mil-ler told his tale
      G     –    G/F                 Em  –  G7
        That her face at first just ghost-ly
                   C  -  F           C  - G7
        Turn-ed a Whit-er  Shade Of Pale

Instr:
  |  C  – Em/B  |  Am  – C/G  |  F  – Am/E  |  Dm  – F/C  |
  |  G  –  G/F  |  Em  –  G7  |   C  –  F   |      G      |
                                                 (and so it)   

                     C  - Em/B        Am  -  C/G        
Chorus: And  so  it  wa – as    that  lat-er ...  (fade out) 

C Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          C               Em/B               Am                C/G                F               Am/E
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-3-|---|
  D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |---|-2-|---|
  A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|-4-|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-3-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

         Dm                F/C                G                G/F                G7               Em
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|-4-|   e |---|---|-4-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
  G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|-4-|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|
  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|-3-|   E |---|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       C               Em/B               Am                C/G                F               Am/E
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G
 |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
 |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |-4-|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
   
      Dm                F/C                G                G/F                G7               Em
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |-4-|---|---| e   |-4-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e
 |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B
 |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |-4-|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E   |-3-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level of Ease: Fairly easy once you become familiar with all the chords
  • Em/B, C/G, Am/E etc., means you play the chord with a leading bass note which follows the forward slash, therefore Em/B is an Em chord with a leading B bass-note, C/G is a C chord with a leading G bass note, Am/E is an Am chord with a leading E bass note etc.
  • There are several different ways to play most of these chords... I have kept them as simple as possible all hovering around the first 3 frets.
  • The Intro consists of 8 bars of music. The first 7 bars each contain 2 chords separated by a hyphen. This means each chord is played for 2 beats with the hyphen splitting the beat count of each bar in half.
  • The 8th bar | G / F G7 | consists of a repeat sign / which means you repeat the previous chord within the bar - play G for 2 beats, F for 1 beat and G7 for 1 beat.
  • If you are a beginner and find the chord structure with added bass notes a little confusing, you can simply play the Intro, Instrumental and related sections of the song using the following chords. Replace...

| C - Em/B | Am - C/G | F - Am/E | Dm - F/C | G - G7/F | Em - G7 | C - F | G / F G7 |

WITH

|       C      |     Am      |       F        |      Dm     |       G      | Em - G7 | C - F | G / F G7 |

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