WHITER SHADE OF PALE, A

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Song Title
WHITER SHADE OF PALE, A
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ESSEX MUSIC, INC. (ASCAP)
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Lyrics
We skipped the light fandango,
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor,
I was feeling kind of seasick,
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, “I’m home on shore leave,”
Though in truth we were at sea,
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, “You must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride,”
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died.

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,”
But 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 that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned A Whiter Shade Of Pale.

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