Thursday, November 1, 2012

Procol Harum vs. Annie Lennox



A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum
We skipped a light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see
That I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might just as well have been closed

And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

So it was later…



A Whiter Shade of Pale
Annie Lennox
We skipped a light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
And that her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see
That I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might just as well been closed

And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
A whiter shade of pale
Turned a whiter shade of pale
A whiter shade of pale

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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8 comments:

Karen S. said...

It's so wonderful how certain words can just make such an image in your mind, or heart...your soul! Even before you hear the music they belong to. A whiter shade of pale....that is so deep....

Grace said...

Ah fond memories from my happily misspent youth - Both are just wonderful...

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Karen!!! Yes, indeed, and it often doesn't take all that many words, neither!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! Yes, she did a good job of staying true to a song that most certainly didn't need any improvements.

Ann said...

I've always liked this song I don't think I ever knew all the lyrics to it though

Beach Bum said...

Didn't the Bangles do a version of that song?

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! It was the same with me, and it's not the only song that I have had no idea just what I was supposed to be singing along with. Sigh.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Beach Bum!!! According to The Covers Project, they are one of the few musical groups/acts who haven't recorded a cover of the song. http://www.coversproject.com/artist/procol%20harum/

Methinks you may be thinking of them covering Simon & Gargunkel's A Hazy Shade of Winter. http://www.coversproject.com/artist/bangles/