A Salty Dog (4:40)

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Gary Brooker explained in an interview with Songfacts how this song is an example of how he was always coming up with musical ideas that he could marry to Keith Reid’s words. Said Brooker: “Usually the best combinations do happen very naturally. If we take something like ‘A Salty Dog’ that was a musical idea, it’s very much a type of chord progression with a certain rhythm. And I think soon after I got that idea, Keith sent me the words and they were already done, and they just seemed to fit with it very, very easily.”


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  • vinman76

    I wish this band would have stayed together longer....the music they would have produced.

    10 Sep 1:21pm Reply
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    28 Aug 10:30pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    My first listen to Procol Harum, Last.fm? Really? Come on. I'll have whatever it is you guys are smoking!

    9 May 6:10pm Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    The album A Salty Dog is a "must have" in the record collection of any rock fan.

    2 May 6:55pm Reply
  • frearson10

    Every time I hear this, I can just say....Thanks LastFM!!!!!

    13 Apr 3:03pm Reply
  • guy090671

    A great song

    4 Apr 10:29am Reply
  • frearson10

    This song should be twice as long as it is!

    27 Jan 6:01pm Reply
  • frearson10

    No words could encompass this! Total musical bliss!

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • scrotius

    Really grows on you, prefer this one to Whiter Shade

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Does anyone think of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' when listening to this?

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    This is the song they should be remembered for… not the other one.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Can you put a miniseries into 1 song? This is the closest I've heard!

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly bohemian_chic!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    Brilliant composition!!!

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    This song is worthy of Mozart or Bach or Beethoven! A masterpiece!!!!!!!!!

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Every time I listen to this song, I love it more. That is the greatest adoration I can give to Procol Harum

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Just 71 shouts......................has taste gone to the fish?

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    A masterpiece...............traverses music into another realm!

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    One of the best seafaring tales song ever. With a nod to CSN,who wrote many(LQQk up and see their boxset)

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Emmelsbuell

    Danke Armin....

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
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