“Garden Party”

Rick Nelson

ALBUM: Garden Party

1972

CHART POSITION: Number 1 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100

Songwriter(s): Rick 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

 

 

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well

You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

 

And people came from miles around, everyone was there

Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air

 

An’ over in the corner, much to my surprise

Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan’s shoes wearing his disguise

 

 

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well

You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

La N Da Da Da

 

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

 

 

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well

You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

La N 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

 

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

 

 

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well

You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

La N Da Da Da

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