MacArthur Park

Oh! That just kept going, huh? — Krusty, “Lisa The Beauty Queen”

“MacArthur Park”, rendered by Pahasatira Nahasapeemapetilon in the Little Miss Springfield pageant, is indeed a very, very long song, but the jury’s out on whether it is in fact a very, very bad song. Let’s see what Donna Summer has to say about it…

Well, I don’t think it’s all that terrible (the island/disco rhythms help), but the lyrics are indeed something apart from the usual orchestra hits cranked out by the music biz in the 50s.

MacArthur 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!

I enjoyed this anecdote, as recounted to Dave Barry:

During high school, I played electric bass in the school jazz band. The night of the final spring concert, we were performing one of our band director’s favorites, “MacArthur Park” — a song well established in the Pretentious Trash Hall of Fame. We get to the very end of the song, the band plays “BOM! BOM! BOM!”; the band director pauses to give the signal for the last crashing chord…George Roth, a senior trombonist, stands up (in the front row), slaps his forehead, and says, “Oh, Jesus! The CAKE!”

The real MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, is apparently something of a gang warzone these days, so be on guard, sightseers…

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2 Responses to MacArthur Park

  1. justgentile says:

    Hahahaha, a gang warzone, enjoy Arkansas or wherever you’re from. Otherwise you’re doing a fantastic job.

  2. Pugiron says:

    You left out that the orriginal Dumbledor sang the orriginal version, Richard Harris himself.

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