It is preposterous, although it is not kitsch. It is sublime. What might seem to be obtuse imagery was anything but—and he obviously knew this—but why ruin what people projected onto his words when they heard the song by explaining exactly what it meant to him? To them. But everything in the song is real. When she broke up with me, I poured the hurt into the song. Everything in the song was visible. The old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake that was left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I actually saw. Back then, I was kind of like an emotional machine, like whatever was going on inside me would bubble out of the piano and onto paper.
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Richard Harris was the first to record it in ; his version peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. In , producer Bones Howe had asked Webb to create a pop song with classical elements, different movements and changing time signatures. Webb delivered "MacArthur Park" to Howe with "everything he wanted", but Howe did not care for the ambitious arrangement or unorthodox lyrics and the song was rejected by the group The Association , for whom it was originally intended. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to The Association , but the group rejected it.
Credit: Bob Barry. For years, Jimmy Webb has been coy when asked to explain that cake left out in the rain and the rest of the lyrics to his classic "MacArthur Park. Many tales have evolved, in the media and online to explain the genesis of the song. Here are but a few:. So which ideas are apocryphal, and are any true? We asked not only Webb but also his wife of a decade, Laura Savini. Newsday covers the stories that matter most to Long Islanders.
Thanks for the help. I agree with what you and so many of the other replies have said: Listen with an open heart and curiosity. To prevent problems from developing in the marriage over in what faith the possible children should be raised. How church discipline works. It's why TBMs are so bugged by people that leave the church. Does she understand that for a long-term relationship to succeed that the partners must treat each other as equals. I am a non Mormon. Thirty years ago I converted a guy and then dumped him for a returned missionary from an established LDS family.