It may have been a commercial, maybe a bit of bumper music, I don't know. Somewhere I heard that ridiculous song "Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain" a few weeks back and it keeps popping into my head on and off. Naturally, I decided a critical analysis of the lyrics was in order.
The premise is that there was this super fantastic, delicious cake and it was ruined in a rainstorm. The baker blames "someone" for the oversight and claims it took a long time to create and that they'll "never have that recipe again".
Let's look at the facts. First of all, if you're baking something that takes that much time and effort, how much additional time would it take to write down the recipe? Where did the baker get the recipe? Was someone standing there reciting it? If so, where is the keeper of the recipe now?
As for the finished cake, there are only two possibilities: People, or at least one person, had a chance to try some of the cake before it rained, or nobody tried the cake before it rained. If the former is true and it was truly a delicious, super-fantastic cake, it would have been commented on, talked about, seconds would have been requested. In short, people would have been very aware of the cake and someone surely would have said "Don't forget the cake" at the first sign of rain. That clearly didn't happen. So, if someone had tried the cake, and it still got left in the rain, it couldn't have been that good. If the latter is true and nobody had tried the cake before it got ruined, how do we know it was that great anyway? If the baker will "never have that recipe again" we can assume he/she didn't have it before. Why all the misery over the loss of a cake nobody ever tasted? In either case, the overall quality and therefore value of the cake in question was either grossly overstated or completely fabricated.
Finally there's the accountability issue. The baker of the cake; author of the song, is obviously very broken up about its loss. Yet, they refer to the person who left it out only as "someone". This indicates that he/she doesn't know who was responsible for the cake, or that nobody was assigned responsibility for the cake. The cake was clearly not as important to anyone else. Nobody else wrote and performed a song about it. If anyone should have taken responsibility for the care of the cake, it's the baker/author. The song should be "I left my cake out in the rain". Future cake loss for this baker/author can not be avoided until he/she is ready to take full responsibility for cake placement and storage.
Lessons learned? If you make something good, write down the recipe and back it up. If you can't delegate responsibility for cake safety, take it upon yourself. If a cake catastrophe does occur, don't whine about it. Go to the store and get another one. Maybe it wont be as good as the original, but I'm sure your guests will appreciate a mediocre cake much more than they'll appreciate listening to you go on about the loss of the first one.