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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



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    Julius CentikApr 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    It can only be about commotion, he and this girl are having a fight in some tavern getting drunk or whatever and this guy Miller starts to tell of story of young love and about the tragedy of it. After she listens to the story, her face turns pale, anyway they reconcile until death set them apart, the vestal virgins - she is one of the rare few who are hard to meet; also I get this very late 18th, early 19th century feeling about this song; what's really weird is that it's not even sad :-( ...
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    UnregisteredSep 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm
    This song like all 60's songs is about sex drugs and rock n roll, and what happens when you mix all three. More importantly it is about loss. Like scorsese said, "a feeling of loss". Thats what matters, how it makes you feel. There is nothing special to the subject matter of any song. The way these artists make it timeless and meaningful is special.
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    guitarisgr8Feb 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Ha..ha Alerik how high are you? Smoking too much of that sativa will make you read too much into everything... All grand speak of death and hallucinogens, but in reality the meaphors in the song suggest (strongly) that its merely about a drunken seduction.
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    UnregisteredJan 29, 2012 at 5:12 am
    Ah so sad yet again children that didnt go through this age believe it was a covert song about drugs but much more likely and less talked about was illegitimate babies. To me this song is about a pregnancy to another man and the dilemma of love versus society with the truth getting conststantly told by the mirror as time goes on. Oh and rubbed in by the virgins which she said she was hence the whiter shade of pale. He loves her thoigh so his eyes might well have been closed but someone always brings it up as it always gets later where the truth is plain to see. Logically if this song was about drugs they would have admitted it by now, his fiancee have another guys kid no way!
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    UnregisteredNov 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    Definately, an lsd trip outta control. Thinking she was able to swim like a fish, he saw her asa mermaid. Neither, were strong enough for the waves of the ocean - eventually, drowning and watching her die obviously left him useless... And he put this into a song and poem. Peace out!

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