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I went to a garden party, reminisced 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 ev'ryone 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 hid in Dylan's shoes wearing his disguise

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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

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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

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    Neil JensenAug 3, 2013 at 6:38 am
    I'm sort of a musician ok,and I've been trying to start a rock band.This song describes how I feel about other musicians and the stupid songs that they ask me to learn.But if someones old memories were all I sang,,,,,, I'd rather drive a truck.
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    UnregisteredJun 29, 2012 at 8:11 am
    For some reason the words just came to mind and here i am reading the lyrics after listening to the song on youtube. Good commentary on - after all is said and done - what really brings us happiness in life.
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    Vonda GembickiJun 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    Yeah I commented in response to what someone else made about trying to please everyone that they should be like Rickey at the "Garden Party".
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    UnregisteredAug 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    This song which he is trying to convey the love he feels for his friends, but their rejection of him because he's now changed and much older, and their luke warm reception which has left him disappointment.
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    UnregisteredAug 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    To clarify: bob dylan was not at the concert. Mr. Hughes refers to george harrison, nelson's next door neighbor. Hughes was harrison's alias when traveling. Hiding in dylan's shoes refers to the fact that at the time, harrison was planning to record an album of dylan covers, which he never did. Harrison also almost always had to travel incognito, hence the reference to being in disguise. Ringing a bell does not refer to the song "school day. " it refers to the song "johnny b. Goode," ... "play the guitar just like ringing a bell. " maybe unregistered should refrain from posting comments about artists.

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