MacArthur Park (7:31)

Cover of A Tramp Shining

From A Tramp Shining and 11 other releases

According to the MacArthur Park Songfacts, Jimmy Webb wrote a 22-minute cantata in the summer of 1967 that ended with a seven-minute coda called “MacArthur Park.” He offered it to Bones Howe, who produced The Association, for possible inclusion on the group’s fourth LP. Howe loved it, but the group did not want to give up half the album for Webb’s project, so they rejected it. The song went to Richard Harris, who delivered a lyrical interpretation which was filled with harpsichord and changing tempo.

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  • GreySkyline

    love this.

    20 Aug 9:06pm Reply
  • Oldfnbob

    Great oldie. As the old saying goes, "If you remember the 60's and 70's, you weren't there.

    1 May 1:16am Reply
  • Oldfnbob

    Some people would bitch if ya hung em with a new rope.

    1 May 12:38am Reply
  • sophiewilder

    CAKE!

    8 Feb 12:06pm Reply
  • southstarmusic

    absolute classic ..that only jimmy webb could write ♫♥♫

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • WinsomeWinnower

    A Jimmy Webb song.....nuff said. [2]

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    The inspiration for "MacArthur Park" was the relationship and breakup between Webb and Susan Ronstadt, a cousin of singer Linda Ronstadt. MacArthur Park was where the two occasionally met for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. At that time (mid-1965), Ronstadt worked for a life insurance company whose offices were located just across the street from the park. Webb and Ronstadt remained friends, even after her marriage to another man. The breakup was also the primary influence for "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," another Webb composition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacArthur_Park_%28song%29

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    Two months later still greatest fuckin song of all time!

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    The "Richard Harris" SCTV skit involving this track is comedy gold.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Malkamillian

    ohhh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (2)

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    best song of all time

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • droach6

    Classic!!!

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Mactele52

    I want to be King! I want to be Pope! I want to be King of the Popes!

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sunshinegirl979

    how could anyone not know what this song is about, i figured it out when i was 7 years old, he lost his love, and is pining for her. i love richard harris, he is with the angels now.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • culturedeluxe

    Every Friday at 4pm we put this on at work.

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • lasys

    A Jim Webb song.....nuff said.

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • skiesrblue

    completely mental...and I mean that in a good way!

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sage80_wanker

    I don't care what anyone says, this song is more than what many make it out to be. There's an intrinsic emotion here that's undeniable.

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Possibly the only time when Weird Al's parody is less hilarious than the original. And I don't mean to be rude, but if you're going to go for a high note, try to actually HIT it instead of poking around blindly for it. Yeesh.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • beatleburns

    According to a Hellraisers book i have, Harris toured and behaved like a true rock star off the back of this tune. God bless the man.

    25 May 2011 Reply
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