MacArthur ParkWords & Music by Jimmy Webb
Recorded by Richard Harris, 1968 (#2)
Em G Spring was never waiting for us, girl; F Am F Am C C/B It ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance Em G Between the parted pages and were pressed, F Am F Am C C/B In love's hot, fevered iron like a striped pair of pants. Refrain: D Dsus4 D D9 D DM7 MacArthur's Park is mel - ting in the dark DM7sus4 DM7 Dm7/9 D D7 All the sweet, green ic - ing flowing down... G Am7 D9 G Someone left the cake out in the rain Em7 A7 D A7 I don't think that I can take it Em7 F#m7 'Cause it took so long to bake it Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# F D7 And I'll never have that recipe again Oh, no! Em G I recall the yellow cotton dress F Am F Am C C/B Foaming like a wave on the ground around your knees Em G The birds, like tender babies in your hands F Am F Am C C/B And the old men playing checkers by the trees. Repeat Refrain: (Instrumental Interlude: | Bb | FM7 | Am7 G/B-Am7 |) G G/F# Em Em7 CM7 CM7/6 There will be another song for me, for I will sing it; Cdim D7 Cdim G9 G There will be another dream for me -- someone will bring it. CM7 I will drink the wine while it is warm, Am7 Cdim Am7 Bm E7 And never let you catch me looking at the sun; Am Am+7 Am7 D7 Am7 And after all the loves of my life, G G/F# CM7 CM7/6 FM7 After all the loves of my life you'll still be the one. Cdim G G/F# Em Em6 CM7 CM7/6 I will take my life into my hands, and I will use it; Cdim D7 Cdim G9 G I will win the worship in their eyes, and I will lose it. CM7 Am7 I will have the things that I desire, Cdim Am7 Bm E7 And my passion flow like rivers through the sky. Am Am+7 Am7 D7 Am7 G G/F# CM7 And after all the loves of my life after all the loves of my life FM7 Am Am+7 D7 Cdim Em A7 I'll be thinking of you and wondering why. D Dsus4 D D9 D DM7 MacArthur's Park is mel - ting in the dark DM7sus4 DM7 Dm7/9 D D7 All the sweet, green ic - ing flowing down... G Am7 D9 G Someone left the cake out in the rain Em7 A7 D A7 I don't think that I can take it Em7 F#m7 'Cause it took so long to bake it Bm7 Bm7/E G G/F# F A7 D9 Am7 D9 And I'll never have that recipe again Oh, no, oh no.
*Yeah, yeah, I know...I don't have the interludes in there. On my best day I couldn't play that fast anyway, with or without a backup orchestra, so I omitted them -- so it may be a poor decision to include it here at all. And I'm not about to disagree that this one is contender for the "Dumbest Lyrics Ever Written" award. However, with the recent passing of Harris, I feel something of an obligation to commemorate him; so, this one's for you, Dumbledore. The arrangement itself is based on one I found in the archives of the alt.guitar.tab newsgroup (from nearly ten years ago) but I'm unsure of the correct individual to whom credit is due. And thanks to Stan R. for the challenge of attempting this one.