The True Story of Ricky Nelson’s song “Garden Party”

The story of the song is actually based on a true story.
Ricky Nelson actually went to a party in Madison Square Garden,
yet besides recognizing his name,no one actually recognized him.
He was doing Country music instead of Rock n Roll music.
He was known for having short hair and playing rock music,
yet after growing his hair out long and playing country music
nobody really knew him for he had changed.
He wanted a change.

He wanted to do Country Songs and Rock Songs.

He was playing on stage with Chuck Berry,Bo Diddley,Bobby Rydell,Little Richard and others
and he was booed off of the stage because he was different or so he believed.
This was back in 1972 when he went Country by the way.
He was known to people as a Rock Artist,not a Country Artist.
He wore bell bottoms and a purple velvet shirt.
Ricky Nelson is a awesome artist.
Yoko brought a Walrus referred to a very big walrus that was taller than her.
If you ever listened to The Beatles song “I Am The Walrus”
you will remember that John Lennon sang it lead.
This song is fascinating.
Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan’s shoes is a reference to
George Harrison using the alias Mr. Hughes
was gonna do a cover of Bob Dylan’s song,yet it never happened.
He was known as the Teen Idol of the Century.
My favorite lines from the song is:
“You see you can’t please everyone so,
You gotta please yourself”

So here is the song lyrics to Ricky Nelson’s song “Garden Party”
and I am in no way infringing,
yet the rights remain with the rightful owners of the song
and the song lyrics will still belong to the owners after this post is published:


Garden Party
written 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
But 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 for 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 hid in dylan’s shoes wearing his disguise
I played them all the old songs I 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

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped johnny b. Goode
Playing guitar like a ring an’ a bell and lookin’ like he should
If you gotta play at garden parties I wish you a lot a’ luck
But if memories were all I sang I’d rather drive a truck

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





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