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Author:  Doug
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Date:  8/2/2009 5:06:56 PM
Subject:  Re: I must be a
"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"

You may disagree, but those lines, along with
Richard Harris' dramatic string-syrupy version
of the song, have gotten MacArthur Park listed
on a regular basis as one of the "worst songs
ever". Having enjoyed much of Jimmy Webb's work,
I'd like to defend the song, but I can't! For
all the complexity in its arrangment and the
success it has had, I just get queasy listening
to it, as if I'm being forced to eat the whole
cake myself. There was a cover or parody of the
song - referring to drug dealing in the park
the song describes - where they substituted the
word "crack" for "cake". Sorry, Jimmy, and sorry,
Erik, but it's just too many calories for me! :-)

 Quote of the day - August 2 by Craig at 8/2/2009 5:28:47 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by andrew p at 8/2/2009 8:48:23 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Craig at 8/2/2009 9:57:24 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Texas Granny at 8/2/2009 10:41:34 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Doug at 8/2/2009 11:56:54 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by texasroyce at 8/2/2009 12:24:51 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Karen Runk  at 8/2/2009 1:06:24 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Texas Granny at 8/2/2009 2:05:06 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Lib at 8/2/2009 2:27:43 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Lib at 8/2/2009 2:28:18 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Sallie at 8/2/2009 3:10:31 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Lois Spencer at 8/2/2009 3:18:20 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Roisin at 8/2/2009 3:21:03 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by San Diego at 8/2/2009 3:25:41 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Bill Smith at 8/2/2009 3:45:02 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Bill Smith at 8/2/2009 3:50:07 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by BobC at 8/2/2009 4:32:27 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Craig at 8/2/2009 8:17:43 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Jackie at 8/3/2009 3:52:58 AM
 Jimmy Webb's answer about the cake... by Ginny G.  at 8/3/2009 7:29:51 AM
 Re: Jimmy Webb's answer about the cake... by Jackie at 8/3/2009 8:15:42 AM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Joey L. at 8/3/2009 12:42:50 PM
 I must be a "punk kid hippie" by Ginny G.  at 8/2/2009 4:18:22 PM
 Re: I must be a  by Doug  at 8/2/2009 5:06:56 PM
 Re: I must be a  by Karen Runk  at 8/2/2009 5:29:14 PM
 Re: I must be a  by Joey L. at 8/3/2009 12:50:34 PM
 Re: I must be a  by San Diego at 8/2/2009 5:30:11 PM
 Re: I must be a  by Doug at 8/2/2009 5:38:54 PM
 Re: I must be a  by BobC at 8/2/2009 7:52:08 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by andrew p at 8/2/2009 4:53:10 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Barbrag  at 8/2/2009 10:12:17 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by andrew p at 8/4/2009 9:01:43 PM
 Re: Quote of the day - August 2 by Barbrag at 8/4/2009 10:39:05 PM