Whiter Shade of Pale

These images start with “da”; the “da” is mirrored and becomes “dab” before having the mirrored “ab” flipped up-side-down so that the image becomes “dap”. These manipulations are sometimes called Semordnilap which is Palindromes spelled backwards. The current film “Tenet,…

Whiter Shade of Pale

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These images start with “da”; the “da” is
mirrored and becomes “dab” before having
the mirrored “ab” flipped up-side-down so that
the image becomes “dap”. These manipulations
are sometimes called Semordnilap which is
Palindromes spelled backwards.
The current film “Tenet, deals with time going
backward and forward, like common palindromes
such as Anna, Civic, Kayak, Level, Madam,
Mom, Pop, Tot, Noon, Racecar, Radar, Redder,
Refer, Repaper, Rotator, Rotor, Sagas, Solos,
Stats, Wow. These examples, when spelled
backward are the SAME word. The two prime
numbers 191 and 313 when written backward
are the same prime number.
Other fun words, when spelled backward yield
a different word: eg. Stressed desserts, Rewarder
redrawer, Gateman nametag, Straw warts,
Smart trams, Diaper repaid, Live evil, and
Lived devil. These are called is emordnilap.
(Put a S on the front, and it is Semordnilap,
and it is the only word that becomes a plural
with the “S” on the front.)
Music Track:
Procol Harum, formed in London in 1967 took
their name from the name of someone’s cat.
It is a misspelling of the Latin phrase meaning
far from or beyond these things. The correct
Latin spelling is Prucul Harum.
Their song, “Whiter Shade of Pale” in C maj.,
is similar to Bach’s Air from Orchestral Suite
No. 3 BWV1068, (“Air on the G string”) where
the sustained opening note of the main melodic
line flowers into a flowing melody against a
descending bass line.
The harmonic structure is identical for the
organ melody, the verse and the chorus. As the
chorus starts with “And so it was, that later…”,
the vocal and organ begin a short crescendo
with the organist running finger rapidly down
and up the keyboard. The final instrumental
fades out to silence (common in pop of the time).
The lyrics were written by Keith Reid, and
the lyrics from 1967 promo video do not include
the two eight line verses beyond “She said, I’m
home on shore leave…”.
Along with playful imagery, the two extra
verses have a couple classical references.
1. Shakespeare’s Duke Orsino opens Twelfth
Night saying
If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
2. John Milton’s 1645 L’Allegro includes
light fantastic
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
and Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it as ye go
on the light fantastic toe…
Full Lyrics
We skipped the light fandango,
turned cartwheels across 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.
Chorus
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.
Instrumental Break
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 have just as well been closed.
Chorus
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.
Instrumental Break
Two extra eight line verses~
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.
If music be the food of love
then laughter is its 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.

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