Song Lyric Sunday – April 5 2020 –Party time

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week we have the choices of Birthday /Cake /Gift /Party /Surprise. I wonder if that is because Jim is missing all the parties he normally attends now that most of the world is in lockdown? If so, then I’m happy to invite him, and you, to my garden party,  and thanks Jim for continuing to host SLS.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

With the fairly decent weather in the UK at the moment it seems the perfect time to have a garden party but, unfortunately, we cannot,  so instead I’ve asked Rick Nelson, and Smokie to sing for you.

The song was written by Rick Nelson and was a hit in 1972. It is a story about him being booed at a concert in Madison Square Garden in October 1971 and you can read about that here.

Without further ado, please enjoy Garden Party, first by Rick Nelson, followed by Smokie.

Garden Party

Ricky Nelson

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
And 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

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

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

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

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ricky Nelson

Garden Party lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – April 5 2020 –Party time

  1. Peter, you always post the best songs. I love the first version so much better than the second one, but it’s definitely a beautiful song. Such a beautiful song.

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  2. I never attended a garden party and I am alright with that, but I would like to see the walrus that Yoko brought. Thanks for sharing this Peter. Smokie was OK, but they didn’t come close to Rick Nelson and the video of the concert in Madison Square Garden.

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  3. I didn’t like this song when it first came out, but these days I recognize it for the time capsule that it is. That said, I liked Ricky Nelson when I was a child and was ga-ga over Travelin’ Man. I remember The Ozzie & Harriet Show with Ricky, his brothers, and his parents. The used to be the standard of the perfect family.

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  4. My older sisters loved Rick Nelson and so I got to hear his music as I was growing up. 🙂 They, also, watched his family’s TV show. 🙂
    Today is one of my WP friend’s birthday! 🙂
    You have great taste in music, Peter! Thank you for sharing it with us! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    How are you doing today?

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  5. Gosh, Peter. WOW! Thanks for this. I am completely stunned that I’d never known the reason Rick Nelson wrote this song….I’ve always loved it! And You just introduced Smokie to me! Where have I been? 🤣Loved both videos. Thanks and Cheers! 🙂

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