Ooh-ooh-ooh

I went to a garden party
To reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories
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, you can't please everyone
So you got to please yourself

People came from miles around
Everyone was there
Yoko brought her walrus
There was magic in the air
And over in the corner
Much to my surprise
Mister Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes
Wearing his disguise

But it's all right now
I learned my lesson well
You see, you can't please everyone
So you got to please yourself

Lot-da-da
Lot-in-da-da-da

Played them all the old songs
I thought that's why they came
No one heard the music
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

But it's all right now
I learned my lesson well
You see, you can't please everyone
So you got to please yourself

Lot-da-da
Lot-in-da-da-da

Someone opened up a closet door
And out stepped Johnny B Goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell
And lookin' like he should
Now if you gotta play at garden parties
I wish you a lotta luck
But if memories were all I sang
I'd rather drive a truck

And it's all right now
I learned my lesson well
See, you can't please everyone
So you got to please yourself

Lot-da-da (lot-da-da-da)
Lot-in-da-da-da

And it's all right now, yeah
I learned my lesson well
You see, you can't please everyone
So you got to please yourself


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Garden Party Lyrics as written by Rick Nelson

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    Rick 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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    He 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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