An Analysis of the Song

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I was doing some quizzes today on Sploofus, which are just user made and don’t really tell me all that much at times, so I was looking things up online at points.  There was one about songs by The Monkees and I was finding the title of their songs.  I had wanted to hear the song Valleri because I had never heard it and my mom’s name is Valerie (which, we’ll still stick with the Steve Windwood song “Valerie,” for a song with her name.)

Anyway, I found the song on YouTube and it happended to be posted by a user known as VinylNostalgia.  I was taking a quick look at a few of the many other songs in the list of YouTube videos.

Anyway, I realized that one of the songs he had is MacArthur Park.  I laughed when I read the video inforamtion because it said, “WHAT???? I didn’t understand this song in 1968 and now that I’m 40 years wiser, I still don’t get it. Can somebody explain it to me and while your at it, please explain the song “American Pie” by Don McLean.”

I won’t go ino the craziness of having to explain American Pie because if you really don’t know the meaning of that, just search it on the Internet and there are tons of sources.

However, I always love the MacArthur park and asking, “Who would leave a cake out in the rain?”

I tried listening to it and being that the lyrics were somewhat difficult for me to hear, I found a lyrics site.  It made me laugh when I saw the scrolling lyrics in a heart:

Richard Harris Macarthur Park Lyrics

However, as I listened and read the lyrics, I started wondering what the song meant.  Without any help from others, here’s my best interpretation of the song.

It seems that MacArthur Park is a song about lost love.

It starts out by saying that spring, which is a great time for lovers, was never waiting for the singer and the girl.  It was always ahead of them.  Even though tried to make the relationship work, it didn’t and they just kept acting out the same thing with it never working.

These two people were parted like parted pages, but they still felt such an intense love for each other tha tit was hot like an iron and they were pressed, so then, the singer just needed something and said, “Like a striped pair of pants,” or maybe because the stripes on a striped pair of pants never touch but are always close together.

So, now the guy is crying in MacArthur’s park at dusk, thus it looks like the park is melting (MacArthur’s park is melting in the dark).  

Because trees and grass and other plants  have a lot of green, though his tears, this “melting” looks like green icing (All the sweet, green icing flowing down).  This makes him think of cake which is obviously seen through his tears and is wet (Someone left the cake out in rain).

He doesn’t think that he can take this being without the girl (I don’t think that I can take it).  He feels that it took to long to try to make this relationship work and that it seemed he did everything right even though it took a really long time (‘Cause it took so long to bake it).  Now, he’ll not be able to have a great relationship, and especially not this one again (And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh no).

The next part of the song is straightforward about how he remembers a yellow dress and birds and old men playing checkers.  This is just remembering times he had with his love in a park or parks.

So, now the guy is crying in MacArthur’s park at dusk, thus it looks like the park is melting (MacArthur’s park is melting in the dark).  

Because trees and grass and other plants  have a lot of green, though his tears, this “melting” looks like green icing (All the sweet, green icing flowing down).  This makes him think of cake which is obviously seen through his tears and is wet (Someone left the cake out in rain).

He doesn’t think that he can take this being without the girl (I don’t think that I can take it).  He feels that it took to long to try to make this relationship work and that it seemed he did everything right even though it took a really long time (‘Cause it took so long to bake it).  Now, he’ll not be able to have a great relationship, and especially not this one again (And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh no).

Then, he starts to get a little more hopeful with the singing of “There will be another song for me, for I will sing it.  There will be another dream for me, Someone will bring it.”

Then, he’s saying that even if things get unpleasant, he won’t let the gal that he loved new by saying that he’ll drink the while it is warm (rather than refreshing and cool)
and the fact that she won’t catch him looking at the sun means that she won’t find him dreaming of her.  Then he goes on to say, though, that really, she still is the true love of his life, but he just wasn’t able to obtain the great relationship with her that he wanted.

Then, he will live his own life (take my life into my hands) and people will respect him when they see this (win the worship), but they’ll lose respect for him when they realize how he sees this one person as his only true love.

While he will not have the girl, he’ll be able to get other things that he desires and his passions will be able to be clearly seen by others, clearly flowing like rivers (passion flow like rivers through the sky).

Then, back to the fact that he’s had loves, but really this one gal is his true love.

So, now the guy is crying in MacArthur’s park at dusk, thus it looks like the park is melting (MacArthur’s park is melting in the dark).  

Because trees and grass and other plants  have a lot of green, though his tears, this “melting” looks like green icing (All the sweet, green icing flowing down).  This makes him think of cake which is obviously seen through his tears and is wet (Someone left the cake out in rain).

He doesn’t think that he can take this being without the girl (I don’t think that I can take it).  He feels that it took to long to try to make this relationship work and that it seemed he did everything right even though it took a really long time (‘Cause it took so long to bake it).  Now, he’ll not be able to have a great relationship, and especially not this one again (And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh no).

Or, perhaps, this doesn’t work at all, but it’s my attempt at an analysis of the song.

Oh, and if you need some clearer lyrics than the little scrolling heart, they are located at this page.

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