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Album cover parody of Exotic Birds & Fruit by PROCOL HARUM
Parody album cover
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This is the most recent information about Procol Harum that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Procol Harum, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Procul Harum, Procol Harem, Procal Harum

Band Name Origins:

  • The band's manager picked the name. He had a friend who had a cat called Procol Harum, and he thought it sounded good. The band didn't know what it meant, but later found out the (differently spelt) Latin phrase 'procul harun' means 'beyond these things', which they thought appropriate. Why the cat was named procol harum is not known. Submitted by: Paulmarkj
  • Bastardized Latin for "beyond these things" ? should be 'procul his' ? and allegedy the name of a pedigree cat. Submitted by: dash

Stupid Band Names:

  • The name is actually bastardized Latin for "Beyond these Things"!...Or their Manager's cat. But I wouldn't name my band after a cat! Submitted by: Paul Warren

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Robin Trower""After going solo in the 1970's, Trower's FM Hit 'Bridge of Sighs' becomes a fan favorite. He also sang 'Crucification Lane' and after that, he never sang on his own songs." - Paul Warren

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"A Christmas Camel"It's not even a Christmas song either! - Paul Warren
"Boredom"This is one of the many songs that Procol Harum released that don't mention the title. They have released other songs like that such as 'Quite Rightly So', 'All This and More', and 'Wreck of the Hesperus' to name a few. - Paul Warren

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Protocol HaremWhat I've heard the band called!Cassandra Lund
Protocol HarumGives the name a more modern sound, I guess.Alex

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"A Peppery Cat""A Salty Dog"Tess O. Gosset
"The President Came To Kansas""The Devil Came From Kansas"Paul Warren
"A Salty Duck""A Salty Dog"Paul Warren
"Blacker Tint of Grey""Whiter Shade of Pale"britrock
"Greener Shade Of Chartreuse""Whiter Shade Of Pale"Susan M.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"A Salty Dog,"A salty dog is a pretty much dead oneSusanna Viljanen
"She Wandered Through the Garden Fence,"Not without a chainsawSusanna Viljanen
"The Devil Came From Kansas,"I didn't know Topeka was that bad place!Susanna Viljanen
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale,"I doubt there's anything whiter than pale.Larcen Tyler

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"A Word In Spanish," Elton John"Conquistador," Procol Harum
"Tangerine," The Salsoul Orchestra"Fresh Fruit," Procol Harum
"Choice Of Colors," The Impressions"A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Procol Harum
"The Colour Of Love," Billy Ocean"A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Procol Harum
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Pandora's Ox" originally "Pandora's Box"
Karen Smith
"A Whiter Shade Of Pal" originally "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Wendy Torrance
"Whaling Stores" originally "Whaling Stories"
"Haling Stories" originally "Whaling Stories"
Star Trek's Lt. Uhuru's stories.
"A Whiter Shade Of Ale" originally "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Powder Failure" originally "Power Failure"
Wendy Torrance
"Long Gone Greek" originally "Long Gone Geek"
Correct spelling of band: ProcOl HarUm.
Anita Grade

Change a Letter:

"Mower Failure" originally "Power Failure"
Yvette Bristle
"Tower Failure" originally "Power Failure"
Yvette Bristle
"Lower Failure" originally "Power Failure"
Yvette Bristle
"Rower Failure" originally "Power Failure"
Yvette Bristle
"A Whiter Shade Of Palm" originally "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Julia Cox

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"A Whiter Shade of Pale""Fifty Shades of Grey"Glynn Leaney
"A Whiter Shade of Pale""Another Blond-Haired Dame"LPG-Unit
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale""A Frightful Stay In Jail"Plumb Bob
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale""A Frightful Gator's Tail"Plumb Bob
"A Whiter Shade of Pale""The Fifty Shades of Grey"Glynn Leaney
"A Whiter Shade of Pale""Another Epic Fail"The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
"Homburg""Malbolge (Ode to an Esoteric Language)"Susanna Viljanen
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale""A Whiter Shade Of Male"The Comedian
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale""A Wider Shape Of Whale"Onan the Barfarian
"A Whiter Shade of Pale""A Darker Grade of Ale"Lionel Mertens

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Shine On BrightlyLight BulbsPaul Warren

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Power FailureElectric CompanyPaul Warren
A Rum's TaleAlcoholics AnonymousPaul Warren

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
American Idiot
   Green Day
The Idol
   Procol Harum
The American Idol Idiot
That's anyone who stars on that show!
Paul Warren
Ocean Breathless
   Modest Mouse
A Salty Dog
   Procol Harum
An Ocean Breathless Salty Dog
At least he dosen't have doggie breath.
Paul Warren
A Certain Shade of Green
A Whiter Shade of Pale
   Procol Harum
A Certain, Whiter Shade of Pale Green
Raphael Bivas
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
   Procol Harum
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
   Simon & Garfunkel
A Whiter Hazy Shade Of Pale Winter
Alicia Sturdivant
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Procol Harem Scarem
Procol Harum combined with Harem Scarem
Submitted By: Kirsten Abercrombie

Misheard Lyrics:

Misheard Lyrics:
I kissed a door
Original Lyrics:
"Whiter Shade of Pale"
Misheard Lyrics:
Skip a line and angle.
Original Lyrics:
We skipped the light fandango.
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
Misheard Lyrics:
Turn to Wyatt Earp, Sheriff Pal. or (Sheriff Friend)
Original Lyrics:
Turned a whiter shade of pale.
Misheard Lyrics:
I could see no mace to unwind
Original Lyrics:
I could see no maze to unwind
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Whiter Shade of Pale"
Misheard Lyrics:
Skip a line and angle.
Original Lyrics:
We skipped the light fandango.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Jade

It is like a geometry ballad with lines and angles.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Whiter Shade of Pale"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
One of sixteen Vestal Virgins
Why They're Nonsensical:
There were never more than six Vestal Virgins at one time.
Submitted by: Bill Kenney

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Grand Hotel"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Where's my Continental Bride? We'll Continental Slip and Slide
. Early Morning Pinch and bite, these French Girls always like to fight.
Why They're Dirty:
The whole song probably has a lot of innuendos, but some seem less subtle than others like in this line where it seems that this is more about foreplay.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Pandora's Box"
The Lyrics:
While Handel plays his melody, doctors cause uncertainty.
Who They Mention:
George Fredric Handel
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Long Gone Geek"
The Lyrics:
The door flies open, in strides geek. Looking like the front Page in Newsweek.
Product Brand Name:
Newsweek Magazine
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)"
The Song Lyrics:
I will wait here for the band to play The Trumpet Voluntary.
Song They Mention:
Jeremiah Clarke's "Prince of Denmark's March (The Trumpet Voluntary)"
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"The Blink of an Eye"
Opening Lines:
It was all over in the blink of an eye
Submitted by: Sutch
Opening Lines:
Conquistador, your stallion stands...
Originally, this song was written in 1967, but it wasn't a hit song until five years later when they play it with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Made Up Words in Songs:

"Good Captain Clack"
The Made Up Words:
Spoonerism for "Lumberjack".
Submitted by: D Nu_2000

Scary Song Lyrics:

"The Dead Man's Dream"
The Lyrics:
My legs were deformed, yet I move quite freely.
My head was on fire, yet my hands were icy.
This song is about death and hell. And in the end of this song, you hear the singer say in a deep voice 'As I slithered under'. It seems that this dead man's dream is a nightmare.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Band Name Anagrams:

Loco Harp Rum Submitted by: Clara Suzette Bartilson
Whatever THAT might mean!
Cool Harp Rum Submitted by: Clara Suzette Bartilson
Whatever THAT might mean!
Crop Halo Rum Submitted by: Clara Suzette Bartilson
Whatever THAT might mean!

Song Title Anagrams:

"Rob Panda's Ox" originally "Pandora's Box"
Submitted by: Corinne Auterlehr
"Pandas Or Box" originally "Pandora's Box"
Submitted by: Corinne Auterlehr
"Box Nora's Pad" originally "Pandora's Box"
Submitted by: Harriet Henderson
"Air Power Fuel" originally "Power Failure"
Submitted by: Lisa Rose
"Glad To Say" originally "A Salty Dog"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"The Devil came from Kansas."
The Lyrics:
The Devil came from Kansas, where he went to I can't say.
The state of Kansas.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
"Souvenir in London"
The Lyrics:
Got a Souvenir in London, got to hide it from my mom.
London, England
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Whaling Stories" Length: 7:06
This song perfectly orchestrated with Trower's guitar later was orchestrated with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra a year later.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
"In Held 'Twas In I" Length: 17:39
This is actually the first epic-song. It's divided into five songs, 'Glimpses of Nirvana', 'Teatime at the Circus', 'Autumn of my Madness', 'Look to your Soul', and 'Grand Finale'. It also appears on the 'Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra' album which is 2 minutes longer than the original.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"The Ink Of Ann Bly" originally "The Blink Of An Eye"
Submitted by: Flora Rolf
"Ban Dora's Pox" originally "Pandora's Box"
Submitted by: Trevor Overt
"A Whiter Paid of Shale" originally "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Submitted by: Raphael

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Grand Hotel"
The Lyrics:
Les nuits quon passe l'hotel grande.
This is the French saying of 'The Nights we stayed in Hotel Grande' since this song commemerates the hotels throughout Europe.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Toujours L'amour"
The Lyrics:
She took all the pleasure, but not all the pain.
All of the credit, but none of the blame.
I came home to an empty flat.
She left me a note, and taken the cat.
This whole song is about a man who suffers from a divorce or seperation and he makes a decision of moving on with another lady or commiting suicide.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Lawsuits:

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
The band's former organist Matthew Fisher filed suit in 2005 claiming that he co-wrote the song. In December of the following year, he won the suit but only received 40% of the composer's share of the copywright instead of the 50% he was seeking. A later ruling denied Fisher royalties saying he had taken too long to file his suit. (Note: I can see why he'd want to receive credit for this song. It's just beautiful.)
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Fresh Fruit"
For an band with an interesting name and not using titles for some of their songs, these guys intend to make a novelty song. Fruit is good for doggies too.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Backwards Messages:

"Autumn Of My Madness"
Between 8:24-8:27 of the epic "In Held 'Twas In I: Autumn of my Madness" you will hear some backwards nonsense and when you play it backwards, you will hear the ending of their song "Homburg".
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Fool's Gold"
It stars Helen Hunt and Donald Sutherland
Submitted by: Paul Warren

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"TV Caesar"
The Lyrics:
TV Caesar, Mighty Mouse. Holds the court in every house.
Mighty Mouse was once on television in the 50's and there were various remakes of this show.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

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