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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:29 pm

Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - 08:54 am:


What to say!
From Glen Campbell Souvenir Programme April 1977, I got bought used!

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1972: Glen Campbell is only American entertainer to perform at The Royal Film Performance singing "By the time I get to Phoenix" a request of the Queen Mother - the British Queen Elizabeth`s II mother.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:29 pm

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 - 02:45 pm:


Thank you one and all for your replies! Such a wealth of info! I found the wikipedia info very informative. Its a hauntingly beautiful song no matter what the meaning ! Keeping my fingers crossed to see Glen and Jimmy perform together again.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:28 pm

Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 06:29 pm:


I see "I love my truck" as a kind of sequel to American Pie. The answer to "drove my chevy to the levy", simply too deep to be understood:-)

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:27 pm

Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 10:34 am:


Now if someone could just explain the deep meaning behind the lyrics to "I Love My Truck", my life would be complete!

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:26 pm

Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 12:21 am:


Thanks to all of you who provided input to understanding the lyrics to MacArthur Park. Until I read your posts, and then the Wikipedia information, I was clueless about this song's meaning...particularly:
"Someone left the cake out in the rain
and I don't think that I can take it
'cause it took so long to bake it
and I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!"

It makes sense now that cake = (abandoned) love.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:25 pm

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 - 03:11 am:


Very interesting Stephen. I agree with most of it. I did try to unravel this song myself once and wrote it down. Maybe I can find it somewhere and post it.

But did he really sing I will never *house* that recipe again? I always thought he sang "I will never *have* that recipe again"!

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:24 pm

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 - 02:09 am:


Here is my interpretation of some of the lyrics from Mcarther Park. As they say in England I might be talking claptrap, which is another word word for rubbish,others have might have a more direct word,but here goes.

Spring was never waiting for us girl

(The spring represents his dream of marriage or a time when they are completely happy)

It ran one step ahead as we followed in a dance

Like young immature lovers or dreamers, they or at least he followed this dream of a magic time in their relation, which in fact was never going to be right from the start)


Someone left the cake out in the rain

(One of them didn't try or bother to carry on with the effort of making the relation work, or tried too hard and neglected to see the damage it was doing)

I don't think that I can take it,cause it took so long to bake it

(This represents all the time and effort he feels he had put into making the relation work,may have included lost opportunities and sacrifice).

I,ll never house that recepie again

(The recipie represents the way or the effort, or the things he did to make his dream relation work-might have included excessive gesture such as flowers every year !, or materialistic presents. May simply have been over possesive).

By saying he won't house the recipe again he is say next time he has a relationship he won't do all the same stuff again to try and make it work. In other words he won't make the same mistakes.

There will be another song for me, and I will sing you near.

(this could mean another relationship with sommeone else,but he will imagine it is her, or it could mean that when he gets himself sorted there might be a chance for him to try to win her again-they never learn !)

After all the loves of my life I'll be thinking of you and wondering why ?

(Clearly he anticipates there will be others in the future but they won't compare, but still after all he did for this relation he is wondering why it went wrong)


Hopefully he found Mrs Right in the end and is now looking back and wondering what all the fuss was about.

After all Glen once sang 'For love is just a state of mind'

Would be interesting to hear how other people interpretate the lyrics.

By the way the term 'Macarther park' probably is an umberella term that covers all the aspects of this man's heavenly dream,which by 'melting in the dark' means he is realizing his perfect wish isn't going to happen. In my opinion the charecter in the song sounds far too over intense and wanted the relationship to work so badly, he ignored the warning signs and went into a state of denial. I think she did the right thing.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:23 pm

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 03:58 pm:


Lulu,

There is an excellent write-up about the song on wikipedia.

Just search : MacArthur Park (song)

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:22 pm

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 03:20 pm:


Hi Lulu!
About Last Unicorn movie, what I know today is Jimmy Webb "only" behind this tunes with text included, not the instrumental part, what we been told.

About J.W. and what "MacArthur Park", means, I don`t think it was that questions Jimmy was ask, but the lines; "And someone left the cake out in the rain", from that song.
Lines there in a way, is as what means Beatles song "Strawberry fields forever".
NOT all can be explain, and dear J.W. has OVER and OVER again got this questions, and when you has been ask this 10.000 of times, it is maybe not so funny anymore.
What will you had done?
MacArthur Park, is a park in Los Angeles, and if I think right you can translate "And someone left the cake out in the rain" = The LOVE who was left there, out in the rain.

The song was about another much dear friend of mine, A TRUE STORY, who around this time married another man, not Jimmy.

Also she is mention in another hit around this time, late 1960`ties "Worst that could happen`" with group Brooklyn Bridge.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Post by admin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:20 pm

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 09:45 am:


I was at an outdoor venue on Long Island last evening seeing America in concert and they introduced our 'new oyster bay neighbor" Jimmy Webb from the audience. Mentioned they are re-releasing The Last Unicorn, the film's music was composed and arranged by Jimmy Webb, with songs performed by the group America. The radio host said he had asked Jimmy the question that all of america wants to know 'what's the meaning of McArthur Park?" and his reply was "I could tell you but then I would have to kill you!!!" cracked me up!!!! Perhaps Erik could provide some insight on that song?

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