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Procol Harum-A Whiter Shade of Pale
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Procol Harum-A Whiter Shade of Pale

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Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale
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Also see https://youtu.be/_trOp2HGUAM?t=223 - And could you please stop commenting about it being 'originally written by' Johann Sebastian Bach? I tried to find similarities with "Air on G String", "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe" (BWV 156), "O Mensch bewein dein' Sünde groß" (BWV 622), "Sleepers, Wake!" from Bach, but honestly: None of them warrant the claim that the melody is borrowed from any of them. It's quite a stretch to find similarities, even, between chord-schemes, bass-lines, and the two or three tone-sequences that match with aforementioned pieces by Bach; You could then say the same about ALL pop hits! To claim it borrows ideas from "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) is like saying every pop-song in C-minor borrows ideas from songs with the same tempo. This composition stands tall on its own. Every song out there is *inspired* by those from other songwriters, you don't need to brag about your miracle discovery;
I'm holding a do-I-give-a-shit-o-meter in my hand, and the needle's not moving.
Here's some Bach for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs8ByyYoKqU

Original 16mm Scopitone conversion, from the 'summer of love' 1967 hit record, remuxed and refurbished in 2006 (I should re-upload in higher quality, I know, I will when I find the time to search my harddisks..). Fixed audio-sync (it was badly done). Sound engineer of this famous mono mix was Keith Grant. Vocals and piano played by Gary Brooker. Matthew Fisher played the Hammond organ, and these original lyrics were written by Keith Reid;

We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda' 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 a mirror told its 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
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've 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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