La rOLA Inglesa: A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum (con letras)
La canción permaneció durante seis semanas en el primer lugar de las listas de popularidad británicas en 1967
'A Whiter Shade of Pale' permaneció seis semanas en la primera posición de las listas de popularidad en 1967 (Foto: Especial)

A Whiter Shade of Pale ingresó a las listas de popularidad británicas el 25 de mayo de 1967, donde se mantuvo por 15 semanas consecutivas, de las cuales seis estuvo ubicada en el primer lugar hasta que fue desbancada por All You Need Is Love de “The Beatles”.

Esta última pieza logró notoriedad global gracias a “Nuestro Mundo”, que fue el primer programa de televisión de la historia transmitido a escala mundial por vía satélite, el 26 de junio del mismo año.

La revista especializada Rolling Stone la posicionó como la número 57 de las 500 mejores canciones de todos los tiempos.

Procol Harum se formó en abril de 1967 a iniciativa del tecladista Gary Brooker y es considerada una de las primeras bandas de la corriente denominada rock progresivo, que incluye a otras famosos grupos ingleses como: Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Soft Machine, Genesis, King Crimson y Yes.

Letra de A Whiter Shade of Pale (Keith Reid):

We skipped the light fandango

Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor

I was feeling kinda 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

And 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.”

But I wandered through my playing cards

And they would not let her be

One of sixteen vestal virgins

Who were leaving for the coast

And although my eyes were open wide

They might have 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

 

She said, “I’m here on a shore leave,”

Though we were miles at sea.

I pointed out this detail

And forced her to agree,

Saying, “You must be the mermaid

Who took King Neptune for a ride.”

And she smiled at me so sweetly

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

 

If music be the food of love

Then laughter is it’s queen

And likewise if behind is in front

Then dirt in truth is clean

My mouth by then like cardboard

Seemed to slip straight through my head

So we crash-dived straightway quickly

And attacked the ocean bed

 

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.

Selección textos:

Jorge Martínez Peniche,
Profesor Facultad de Química de la UNAM

Twitter: @mpeniche



Temas relacionados:
La rOLA inglesa
Londres 2012



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