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
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
B: Bass Note
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
- 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 |