Garden Party

Originally performed by 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.

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
Mr. Hughes had Dylan’s shoes, wearin’ his disguise


I played them all the old songs, I thought that’s why they came
No one heard the music, I 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


Someone opened up the 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 lot of luck
But if memories were all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.

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