The One On The Right Is On The Left

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

Johnny Cash: There once was a musical troupe
A picking singing folk group
They sang the mountain ballads
And the folk songs of our land

They were long on musical ability
Folks thought they would go far
But political incompatibility led to their downfall

Well, the one on the right was (Carter Sisters: on the left)
And the one in the middle was (on the right)
And the one on the left was (in the middle)
(And the guy in the rear) was a Methodist

This musical aggregation toured the entire nation
Singing traditional ballads
And the folk songs of our land
They performed with great virtuosity
And soon they were the rage
But political animosity prevailed upon the stage

Well, the one on the right (was on the left)
And the one in the middle (was on the right)
And the one on the left (was in the middle)
(And the guy in the rear) burned his driver’s license

Well, the curtain had ascended
A hush fell on the crowd
As thousands there were gathered to hear the folk songs of (our land)
But they took their politics seriously
And that night at the concert hall
As the audience watched deliriously
They had a free-for-all

Well, the one on the right was (on the bottom)
And the one in the middle was (on the top)
And the one on the left got a (broken arm)
(And the guy on his rear ) said, "Oh dear"

Now this should be a lesson if you plan to start a folk group
Don't go mixing politics with the folk songs of our land
Just work on harmony and diction
Play your banjo well
And if you have political convictions keep them to yourself

Now, the one on the left works in a bank
And the one in the middle drives a truck
The one on the right's an all-night deejay
(And the guy in the rear) got drafted

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