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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