"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 Adrian Drover

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    General Comment I believe this song is about investing time into something, the unique qualities (or the recipe) that made the cake being the metaphor for the ultimate.

    I have a friend who thinks this song is about making a child. The cake being the child.
    hejiraon August 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe time has come for you to lip sync for your life
    xBenji65on January 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are more than wrong.
    onlymyself2blameon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure of the lyrics but I would love to know what this songs meaning was....
    crombiegirl00on March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW...go over to Richard Harris b/c he wrote this song...there's alot of info there!!
    crombiegirl00on March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYikes, can we get these lyrics deleted and the right ones put up?

    Having said that, I actually like Donna's version better than Richard Harris's. Nothing personal Rich, but Donna does have a better voice and her version cuts out most of the stuff that makes the original so boring. Plus you can dance to her version! Sue me, but I still like disco, so I'm voting for Donna.
    koosgirlon April 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Spring ending too soon, and along with it, a Spring romance with sweet memories in MacArthur park (which is in Los Angeles, apprently). (Perhaps the relationship hasn't ended, but just this happy nostaglic period.) It's about the sadness of never being able to go back and recreate your happy momments and memories, how they're never the same.
    ChristineShaheenon October 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen this song first hit the airwaves decades ago, it was said to be about abortion. It was even discussed by DJ's. I'm not sure what it is about, but I just thought I'd provide some fodder...
    ComeOnEileenon October 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe cake is a metaphor...I like Donna's version.
    redshiftdazzleron December 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI came across this song only the other day. While I didn't take in the words of the verses, I quickly interpreted the cake as a metaphor for a broken relationship. They'd been together for a long time and worked hard on it ("took so long to bake it"). But now she is heartbroken, and feels she will never be able to love someone in quite the same way ("never have that recipe again").
    flashgon June 05, 2012   Link

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