The One On The Right Is On The Left Lyrics

by Johnny Cash

There once was a musical troupe
A pickin', singin' 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 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

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 mixin' 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 'em 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 DJ
And the guy in the rear got drafted