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. The song was recorded at Olympic Studios, West London and 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
Procol Harum

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) 
Free Music Transposition   Simply highlight & copy the entire song sheet above - then click on the button... more.

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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