"MacArthur Park" as written by Jimmy Webb and Adrian Drover....
Spring was never waiting for us, girl
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
Between the parted pages and were pressed
In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants

MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh no!

I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees


There will be another song for me
For I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Someone will bring it
I will drink the wine while it is warm
And never let you catch me looking at the sun
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life
You'll still be the one

I will take my life into my hands and I will use it
I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it
I will have the things that I desire
And my passion flow like rivers through the sky.
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life
I'll be thinking of you
And wondering why


Oh no
No no
Oh No!

Lyrics submitted by Jeffyhash

"MacArthur Park" as written by Jimmy Webb

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General Commentpossibly the best melody to ever be ruined by such awful lyrics...the thing is, even some of the lyrics are good, but as so often happens, a few bad ones totally ruin it...especially when the horrible lyrics are in the form of a juvenile, english homework metaphor in the chorus which is supposed to be deep and meaningful but turn out sounding like a pillsbury commercial

    it's just so sad...the melody is beautifully haunting...the stage is being set beautifully from "Spring was never waiting for us, girl" to "love's hot, fevered iron" but then there has got to be that simile -- being pressed like a pair of striped pants???

    Anyhow, "Macarthur Park is melting in the dark" might be the most heartbreaking lyric ever written...and the mood of the song is perfect for it...then the very next line -- THE VERY FUCKING NEXT LINE!!! -- is about green icing flowing down...then cake???? ABSOLUTELY FUCKING INEPT AND ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING EXCUSE!!!!!!!!!!!

    anyhow, it still manages to be a great song...except that it's a great in that cheezy, "u don't hav to take it seriously" kinda way instead of the "great classic song" kinda way...i think it's about a guy who loves a girl but she runs off to be w/ some rich guy and now the dude doesn't wanna love again b/c no love will ever be like the one he lost...the cake reference could be a literal wedding cake (it's still a terrible fucking lyric) or it's symbolic of their love (which is even worse) or it could be both (which is the superlative form of terrible or worst)

    what a shame...good song to sing in the shower though
    ZinbobDanon November 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI read somewhere that it was about an actual chick that Jimmy Webb had sex with in a park.
    DJacques75on July 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI liked reading others' impression of this song. For myself, the "Sweet green icing flowing down" had this meaning, and (I thought) fit the scenario well: A person had a wonderful love affair and the park was the site for idyllic memories. The loved one leaves him, and when he returns to the park alone he is seeing it through tears. Hence, the green seems to be melting and flowing down.
    KathKayon March 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGet over it, Zinbob. I agree with you that this song has some absolutely beautiful imagery (my passion flow like rivers through the sky!), but I totally disagree that the use of bizarre domestic imagery (cake and a pair of pants) ruins it. It's not unusual during tragic times for the mind of make particularly bizarre associations or for a person to suddenly see their situation with a bizarre humour, and that's what going on here. Plus it's just a song, and there's no need for it to be totally serious. The cake image does work, especially with the melting icing, and silly as it is, I think it all works great with the song.
    justdigon March 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment* sweet green icing

    Eamonon October 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry, fixed the mistake.
    Jeffyhashon December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinteresting analagy though zinbobdan!!!
    vox pdon June 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember the enterview of Jimmy Webb with Johnny Carson telling that he wrotte the song as a bet....with Richard Harris ! Harris wanted to have a hit album and Webb wanted the two door convertible Rolls Royce that Harris had.
    fcferrarion January 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim with zinbobdan best melody, horrible lyrics
    DiegoTheGreaton July 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have one word for this song: lol.
    RuFiO_rUlEs!on November 23, 2006   Link

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