Rolling Stone magazine asked the presidential candidates about what songs they liked and some used at their campaign events. All but one of them are pretty unexceptional. But can you guess Ben Carson’s favorite song?
But the song that touches him [Carson] the most? “MacArthur Park,” especially the original version talk-sung by actor Richard Harris. “It’s a long song, like seven minutes long. And a lot of the words don’t make a lot of sense: ‘MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark.’ What the devil is he talking about? It has three different parts and part two — ‘I will drink the wine while it is warm and never let you catch me looking at the sun’ — is just beatiful music. Again, the words don’t make a lot of sense.”
“A lot of the words don’t make a lot of sense” is putting it mildly. But given that much of what Ben Carson said in his campaign never made much sense either, this song looks like a perfect match for him.
MacArthur Park is widely reviled as the worst song ever, in the face of stiff competition from a whole slew of ghastly songs from that era, especially the incredibly sappy Honey by Bobby Goldsboro. Humorist Dave Barry once ran a contest to find the worst song and wrote a series of hilarious columns about his search. He concluded that MacArthur Park was easily the worst. For you young ‘uns who don’t know what I’m talking about, here is the song.
My personal favorite lyrics from it are these:
MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
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
It still cracks me up.