"MacArthur Park" as written by Jimmy Webb and Trevor Naughton....
Spring was never waiting for us, dear
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance

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 beneath your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing Chinese checkers by the trees

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!

MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left my 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!


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"MacArthur Park" as written by Jimmy Webb

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    General CommentI think it is about a broken relationship. Baking the cake is a metaphor for building a relationship. Leaving the cake out in the rain is a metaphor for neglecting a relationship.
    Macarthur Park looks like it is melting in the dark as the author cries and day turns to night.
    Definitely metaphorical as I'm sure that Webb didn't indulge in mind-altering drugs.
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah, Macarthur Park is a park in LA. That park is now a very sleazy drug-infested place.
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAll I know is this in my most UNfavorite song, EVER!
    faeriellenon November 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIsn't that ironic that the park is "tainted" now so to speak????Go to Richard Harris and look up this song...he wrote it and there is alot of info in the discussions....
    crombiegirl00on March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo, crombiegirl00, Jimmy Webb wrote it, Richard Harris performed the original version. Personally I think the Jimmy Webb piano version from "Ten Easy Pieces" kicks arse over the original. Much darker and more moody.
    neiledwardon October 31, 2008   Link

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