MacArthur Park – Brand New Lyrics

MacARTHUR’S PARK ( Brand New Lyrics)

Look to left field and outside the box for this one – Remember that long, dramatic and classic song by the great songwriter, Jimmy Webb, from the 60’s, called MacArthur’s Park? Well I think most people will agree that the tune is GREAT but the lyrics are… well… at the very least, hard to make sense of. So I’m writing new lyrics. Sing along with them and compare them with the original. Below the lyrics, are three great versions of the song that feature the original lyrics. They are by Richard Harris, who made it a hit, Jimmy Webb, who composed it, and Glenn Campbell with a great guitar middle.

If you like the way the original is – you will always have that version. But here is an alternate for those who would like to hear a different take on the music..
I tried to keep the general tone and mystery of the original, but at the same time, make it more concrete with all the lines holding together to support the overall bittersweet , love lost ,theme of the music.

MY VERSION

Time was never waiting for us girl. It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance.

Between it’s numbered pages
Was pressed a day I’ll not forget,
of found then lost romance.

MacArthur’s Park is melting in to dark
All the sweet green icing fading away.
Someone left this moment in the rain
I don’t think that I can save it ’cause it took so long to make it
And It’ll never be this perfect again, oh, no

I recall the clinging cotton dress, soaked by all the rain
As I held you close to me
Old men playing checkers in the park
and the young birds singing songs, in the trees.

MacArthur’s Park is melting in to dark
All the sweet green icing slipping away.
Someone left this moment in the rain
I don’t think that I can save it ’cause it took so long to make it
And I’ll never have this recipe again, oh, no

There will be another song for me
And I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Somehow I’ll reach it

I will live my life up to the brim
And never linger under any setting sun.

And after all the days 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 live it
I once won the worship in your eyes then somehow lost it.
I will have the things that I desire
through my memories that I still have left to me.

And after all the heartache and strife
Oh, after all the heartache and strife
I’ll be thinking of you – the love of my life.

MacArthur’s park is melting in to dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down.
Someone left this moment in the rain
I don’t think that I can save it ’cause it took so long to make it
And It’ll never be this perfect again, oh, no – oh no!

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Richard Harris

Jimmy Webb

Glenn Campbell

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 19 year old zine Musea)

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Also see this blog entry on ‘We built this City” by Starship –  worse song of all time?
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/we-built-this-city-worse-song-ever-the-fix/
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8 Responses to “MacArthur Park – Brand New Lyrics”

  1. musea Says:

    No cake, no rain
    http://www.justabovesunset.com/now/html/no_cake__no_rain.htm

  2. musea Says:

    Dave Barry’s Worst Song of All Time
    http://www.conservativecave.com/index.php?topic=1565.0

  3. musea Says:

    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~gasarch/HUMOR/worstsongs.html
    Barry’s column on Mac Park as worst song winner!

  4. musea Says:

    Major mistake in the title. The correct title is MacArthur Park. There is no ‘s. Thanks Jonathan for pointing that out.

  5. musea Says:

    Here’s a fine version by Donna Summer

  6. musea Says:

    This song was written in a period of history where everything was pretty ‘far out’. In retrospect this fine music needs an update that reigns it in just a little, to bring out its beauty.

  7. musea Says:

    Reblogged this on Musea Zine and commented:

    Jimmy Webb, one of the country’s best composers, is releasing a new album of duets with a number of notable musicians, called “Still Within The Sound Of my Voice”. With that in mind I’d like to reblog my post on my new lyrics for his 60’s classic MacArthur’s Park. See them here and read why I chose to do a new version. Then listen and compare the new with the original. (Fo/Mo/Info on his new recording see Jimmy Webb.com.)

  8. musea Says:

    Here is a link to an article with Jimmy Webb commenting on the lyrics.

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