Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer 1968 and "McArthur Park" by Richard Harris was on the radio



"Mac Arthur's Park" was released in April and was heard on the radio during the summer of 1968.

We were in the middle of another presidential election.


In the end, Nixon beat Humphrey.


Also, the Packers beat the Cowboys in the famous "Ice Bowl" at the end of December 1967 and moved on to repeat as Super Bowl champs in January 1968.


In baseball, the Tigers won the World Series and The Beatles recorded "Hey Jude".


In the summer of 1968, Richard Harris, the great actor, got together with composer Jimmy Webb and the result was MacArthur Park. 

Webb was a great songwriter. 


He wrote Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman". 


He also wrote The Fifth Dimension's "Up, up and away"! 


And he wrote Art Ganfunkel's "All I know".


MacArthur Park's arrangement was over 7 minutes long!   It is really two songs, the vocal portion and a wonderful instrumental bridge in the middle.


Today, some people think that "MacArthur Park" is one of the worst songs ever recorded. (Pop music madness)


Some people really like it! (Macarthur Park is the greatest song ever)


Last, but not least, Miss Marcus, my English teacher loved the lyrics. She told me that I would remember this song's lyrics in the future.


It was many many years ago and Miss Marcus was right.  Here is the song and the lyrics:    

"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
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!
There will be another song for me For I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Someone will bring itI 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
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! Oh, no No, no Oh no!! "





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