"Garden Party" as written by and Ricky Nelson....
I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When i got to the garden party, they all knew my name
No one recognized me, i didn't look the same

[Chorus]

But it's all right now, i learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

People came from miles around, everyone was there
Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air
'n' over in the corner, much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in dylan's shoes wearing his disguise

[Chorus]

Lott-in-dah-dah-dah, lot-in-dah-dah-dah
Played them all the old songs, thought that's why they came
No one heard the music, we didn't look the same
I said hello to "mary lou", she belongs to me
When i sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave

[Chorus]

Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
Lot-in-dah-dah-dah

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped johnny b. goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should
If you gotta play at garden parties, i wish you a lotta luck
But if memories were all i sang, i rather drive a truck

[Chorus]

Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
Lot-in-dah-dah-dah

'n' it's all right now, learned my lesson well
You see, ya can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself


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"Garden Party" as written by Ricky Nelson

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    General CommentYeah. It's about the time when he was at an oldies revival at Madison Square Gardens. He thought he got booed off the stage for Bob Dylan songs, but according to the guiatarist, two idiots in the audience got drunk, started a fight, and the audience was booing the drunks.
    Jacqalineon May 12, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningThe "Garden Party" was a rock 'n roll revival in October of 1971 Rick was invited to participate in along with other '50's legends like Chuck Berry and Fats Domino - held at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rick's hair was shoulder-length and the audience did not recognize him ("No one recognized me - I didn't look the same"). Instead of doing "true" versions of his oldies hits, he did country/rock flavored remakes of them (Garden Party mentions "Hello Mary Lou") along with his new material from that time. This led to him being booed off the stage during his cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman", ("when I sang about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave"). Two former Beatles, John Lennon
    Stingtoonzon October 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentPretty good song. I've heard it a few times and I hear it has some hidden meanings like American Pie. Does anyone know them?
    DrFeelgood03on March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPretty good song. I've heard it a few times and I hear it has some hidden meanings like American Pie. Does anyone know them?
    DrFeelgood03on March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah. It's about the time when he was at an oldies revival at Madison Square Gardens. He thought he got booed off the stage for Bob Dylan songs, but according to the guiatarist, two idiots in the audience got drunk, started a fight, and the audience was booing the drunks.
    Jacqalineon May 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like how this song makes reference to Howard Hughes, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono. In addition, I read that the crowd’s booing was at some police action in the rear of the crowd.
    Davin Baconon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe got a jab at Elvis at the end of the song.

    Lyric: If "Memories" were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck.

    As - if Elvis couldn't record the cool rockabilly stuff, he should go back to driving a truck (as he did before hitting the big-time.)
    ad5klon January 02, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commenti bet it's about masturbation. "you can't please everyone so you have to please yourself." because everyone knows ricky nelson had a tiny pecker
    sqrt144on January 30, 2006   Link

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