Thursday, March 23, 2006

Richard Harris - MacArthur Park

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

[Chorus:]
MacArthur 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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]
Oh, no!
Oh, no
No, no
Oh no!!
Ok… first off, this song really needs an explanation for being posted. On my voyage to the gym a few hours ago, this song (the Donna Summers disco version though) came on XM. I just couldn’t stop laughing!!! This long-ass song (probably longer than the Beatles' Hey Jude) made the trip through all of the traffic, detours, and accidents quite enjoyable!

Now the first reason this song was cracking me up is the fact that I’ve actually heard this song for many years now, but I didn’t know it had lyrics until earlier last year when I heard it on XM. I had only ever previously heard the instrumental version performed by trumpet extraordinaire Maynard Ferguson. So when I heard it last year (performed by the late Richard Harris, who many know as the original Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies) on XM for the first time with lyrics, I just about busted a gut laughing. I actually remember an episode of Seinfeld where George was singing this song, but I had just assumed he was making up the lyrics (kinda like Bill Murray’s lyrics for the Star Wars theme on an old SNL episode.)

Secondly, the lyrics are completely absurd! How can someone get away with writing something like this!!! I admit that in high school I never really enjoyed dissecting any kind of literary work for meaning, but I always did it incredibly well nonetheless. I came to appreciate literary analysis much more in college though. Anyway that being said, I’m not really sure what the hell to make of this song’s lyrics. Obviously the lyrics cannot be taken literally at face value as they’re probably symbolic. So as much as I can make of the lyrics, the song is about a lost love and some sort of meeting at LA’s MacArthur Park. Regardless, I actually really enjoy the absolute absurdity and ridiculousness of the lyrics!

2 comments:

celtgirl said...

Just don't leave you cake out in the rain.
That has to be the worst line ever. And if you really wanted to make the cake again - then DON'T loose the recipe.

Frank said...

LOL! I don't know if it's necessarily the worst line... but's it's funny like hell! Completely obscure symbolic imagery that is absolutely absurd! :-P