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Tue Dec 7, 2021, 09:49 AM

It's MacArthur Park time once again...

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Reply It's MacArthur Park time once again... (Original post)
Mr. Scorpio Dec 2021 OP
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 2021 #1
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #3
EYESORE 9001 Dec 2021 #8
hlthe2b Dec 2021 #11
Paladin Dec 2021 #2
Goonch Dec 2021 #4
colsohlibgal Dec 2021 #5
Hotler Dec 2021 #6
Cracklin Charlie Dec 2021 #7
Hotler Dec 2021 #9
eppur_se_muova Dec 2021 #10
Xavier Breath Dec 2021 #12

Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 09:58 AM

1. "MacArthur Park" is a great song. Why do people hate it so much? NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:06 AM

3. Everybody gets pissed off when they remember the time they

left a cake out in the rain.

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:37 AM

8. For me, it was the knowledge

that Id never have that recipe again. Oh no!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 11:51 AM

11. The lyrics were silly (supposedly composed on a bet by Jimmy Webb) but I always liked it

including both the Richard Harris version and Donna Summer's later "disco" version.

I am unabashedly a fan of the song--silly lyrics and all.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:04 AM

2. I am embarrassed to this day by my youthful admiration of those lyrics. (nt)

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:13 AM

4. With the famous "cake out in the rain," this is one of the more lyrically intriguing songs

"...ever recorded. MacArthur Park is a real park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, but that's about the only tangible reference.

Jimmy Webb, who wrote the song, explained in Q magazine: "It's clearly about a love affair ending, and the person singing it is using the cake and the rain as a metaphor for that. OK, it may be far out there, and a bit incomprehensible, but I wrote the song at a time in the late 1960s when surrealistic lyrics were the order of the day."

The love affair Webb speaks of was with Suzy Horton, who in 1993 married Linda Ronstadt's cousin, Bobby. Said Webb (in the Los Angeles Times), "MacArthur Park was where we met for lunch and paddleboat rides and feeding the ducks. She worked across the street at a life insurance company. Those lyrics were all very real to me - there was nothing psychedelic about it to me. The cake, it was an available object. It was what I saw in the park at the birthday parties. But people have very strong reactions to the song. There's been a lot of intellectual venom."

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:19 AM

5. Love This Song

Not sure either why some dislike this so much.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:36 AM

7. The singer has a nice voice.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 10:39 AM

9. Maynard Ferguson Live at Jimmy's is a great version.

I tried to link it from youtube but it wouldn't let me for some reason. Check it out.

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Response to Hotler (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 11:37 AM

10. Pos def on that !

I can't believe Columbia took three decades to release that on CD.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 11:51 AM

12. Ilove the Richard Harris version

but do not care for the Donna Summer version, at all. Anyone else feel that way, or the opposite?

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