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


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


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


Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-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


Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-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

Lyrics submitted by Golgotha

Garden Party Lyrics as written by Ricky Nelson

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    General CommentRick Nelson wrote this song after appearing at a show at Madison Square Garden (hence the name Garden Party). It was a show that was supposed to feature oldies acts doing all their old songs that got them famous and kept them famous. He said he didn't want to do the old songs, and when he came onstage with long hair and a beard with his new band, he was booed offstage.
    lildaygo495on June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHe wasn't booed offstage. Acorrding to the orignal gutarist, two idiots in the audience got drunk and started a fight, and the audience was booing them, although the band didn't find out about that until said event.
    Jacqalineon May 15, 2004   Link

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