Someone left the cake out in the rain

I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for ages.  But as I heard about the death of the Diva of Disco, Donna Summer, it felt appropriate to write about this today.

The first record I ever bought was MacArthur Park by Donna Summer. 

Picture this.  The summer of 1978.  My mum was into the Bee Gees and Rod Stewart.  My sister was buying 45’s and albums on a regular basis; The Sex Pistols, The Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder.

I’m nine years old and all my friends are singing Tell me more, tell me more from Summer Nights and I was spellbound by this disco track, all about someone leaving a cake out in the rain…

I was given a one pound record token for my birthday, which I’d kept since March, holding onto it, waiting to make the right purchase. 

My sister took me to Our Price.  I marched up to the counter and asked for MacArthur ParkI was given my 45 and 1p change.  I came home and played that record to infinity.  The song reminded me of the Wizard of Oz. Just as you get into the sweetness of the song, it all changes and this disco vibe kicks in. I know some people prefer the original, but for me, it doesn’t get better than this.

How ironic that the first record I ever bought, just happens to mention cake…

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…

Donna, we’ll miss you.  The dance floor will never be the same…


About Delights by Cynthia

I have a cake business called Delights by Cynthia. I blog about cakes, treats and all things sweet.
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