Procol Harum and a whiter shade of pale

I was reading a wonderful book of W. G. Sebald, a German writer which left Germany in early 60. and went to Manchester. He is one of the best writer I ever read in my whole life, better as Marcel Proust. It means something when I say something like that. His book, Die Ausgewanderten / The Emigrants I am reading ever and ever again… It was published in German 1992 and in English 1996. Sebald won with it the Berlin Literature Prize, the Literatur Nord Prize, and the Johannes Bobrowski Medal. Wikipedia says: The Emigrants is largely concerned with memory, trauma, and feelings of foreignness. All the characters in the work are emigrants who have left Germany, mostly Jewish and mostly self-murder. In the 3rd novel in a scene which takes place in a bar in Deauville, he writes.

Die Instrumentalisten waren vier schon etwas gealterte Jünglinge mit lockigem Haar. Sie spielten songs aus den sechziger Jahren, die ich in der Union Bar in Manchester ich weiß nicht wie oft gehört hatte. It is the evening of the day. Hingebungsvoll hauchte die Vokalistin, ein blondes Mädchen mit noch sehr kindlicher Stimme, hinein in das Mikrofon, das sie mit beiden Händen ganz dicht an ihre Lippen hielt. Sie sang in englischer Sprache, aber mit deutlichen französischen Akzent. It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch the children play. Manchmmal, wenn sie die Worte nicht richtig erinnern konnte, ging ihr Gesang in ein wundervolles Summen über. Ich setzte mich auf einen der weißen Schleiflacksessel. Die Musik erfüllte den ganzen Raum. Rosarote Quellwolken bis unter den goldumrankten Plafond. Procol Harum. A whiter shade of pale. Die reine Rührseligkeit.

I needed urgently to listen to it…

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.

But all that was nothing in comparison to what was written underneath. So I just quote it, reading a book of Sebald and listening ever und ever again to Procol Harum, which I liked so much as I was young, and then forgot them totally till bei reading Sebald the 10th time or so I found them again. Rührselig.

Anyway, did you know it?

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.

Mmmmm… it was published on you tube on 09.09.2007 and since then people listened to it (only here of course) 89.577.793 times (the last  ten times it was me listening to it). 89 millions! It was commented 22 009 times.

I copied only comments from today and yesterday, I finished by a comment from somebody remembering Poland…

Do not forget to listen to the music by reading:

Qué lindo recuerdo, escuchar un tema tan lindo
I first saw this video on a „video jukebox” in a corridor in a mall in Quebec City in about 1967. There was a selection of less than a dozen videos to choose from, and you had to stand at the jukebox to see the film projected onto a small screen within the box. In the meantime, the music was almost drowned out by the passing shoppers and tourists. This was truly groundbreaking at the time.
l’humour avant tout !!!
Make me feel in peace…
Una de las mejores canciones de todos los tiempos!
When I was a teenager I would leave the radio on all night….this is the only song that would wake me up no matter what time in the wee hours it came on….always gave me goosebumps
Esta é a música mais marcante da minha vida!!!!❤❤❤😘😘😂😂💏💏🌷🌷🌻🌻🌞🌞
прекрасная песня . настальгия 70х. Procol Harum такой музыки больше не будет. Олег Г. 2.07.18.
A whiter shade of pale has been N0 one a long time in 1967. One of the greatest year for music. What a thrill it was on Radio Caroline. How great it was to be in England for sweet Summer of Love..!!!
le batteur n’est pas gay malgré son gros sexe !!il n’a pas de slip !!!
Sad world
Me encantó, que temas x favor.
dancei muito beijei muito vila Primavera soci da Vila Formosa feras do jd Primavera saudades das minhas namoradas e dos amigos.
The Commitments 😊😊😊🙋🙋🙋🙌🙌🙌
música lindona por demais que nós envolve por inteiro dessa banda inglesa que arrebatou os corações apaixonados em 1.976 na Hippoputumus disco Club em São Paulo, Dancei por demais.
En complacencias en tj,México yo escuchaba esta canción en 1972, mi hermana, Yani,amigas Irma,laya,maria vivíamos en colonia libertad p/a saturnino herrant,serca de iglesia Loreto y tienda maiza, my novio que quise mucho Victor lo recuerdo con estas cansiones,samba pa ti Santana ,color my world,Chicago,have you seen her,chi-lites,my world bee gees, my mama ya se fue en enero 22,2017 en San Diego ella escuchaba complacencias radio de tj, los Freddy’s moonlights,solitarios,los dos oros cros,
London is finished. Sad but thats liberalism for you
Happy days when London the capital city of Great Britain was full of white people
Look at those street scenes! When London was white!
I heard this at a karaoke, now I’m hooked. timeless indeed.
Lovely and haunting….
Sad that these boys are old men or gone, in what seems like a moment, as are we….
Probably my all time favorite…
En 1971 sonaba esta cancion en Colima Mexico un muchacho la cantaba con su guitarra sin saber Ingles la cantaba espectacular.
arrebentou meu coração…
There is a nice place – SĘPÓLNO KRAJEŃSKIE. First summer song, first young, no strings, love. Just crazy youngsters. Never to be forget!!!

and so on and so on…

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4 odpowiedzi na „Procol Harum and a whiter shade of pale

  1. tibor pisze:

    „sixteen vestal virgins”, yes, can’t forget!

  2. tibor pisze:

    nota bene:
    reklamy sukienek, ktore sie tutaj pojawiaja, sa wrecz okropne, ale wiem, ze moze byc „much better”,
    na blogach „gw” serwowano mi, raz,..pistolety maszynowe (sic!);

    • ewamaria2013 pisze:

      Popatrz Tiborze na samą górę, róg ekranu, prawy, górny… Nie odpowiadam niestety za tę reklamę i nie pozbędę się jej… Musiałabym się przenieść na płatny serwer, a tego nie robię, bo – raz: nie mam pieniędzy; dwa – jakbym miała, to wolałabym płacić autorom honoraria niż wydawać pieniądze na opłacanie firm obsługujących serwery…

  3. tibor pisze:

    kto nie,,,


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