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Duration: 2:48 
Release Date: 1965  (sfjpk30) 
Lyrics By: Jack Clement (I B Emerson) 
Music By: Jack Clement (I B Emerson) 
Produced By: Don Law & Frank Jones (I B Emerson) 
Released By: Columbia CS-9292 (I B Emerson) 
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Keywords: POLITICS, PROTEST 
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  • Reached #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 2/26/1966 (Tim P. Ryan)
  • Song Lyrics:
    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 on 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
    [ ac.guitar ]

    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 on 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
    [ ac.guitar ]

    When the curtain had ascended a hush fell on the crowd
    As thousand 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 on 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"
    [ ac.guitar ]

    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 'em to yourself
    Now the one on the left works in the bank
    And the one on the middle drives a truck
    The one on the right's an all night DJ
    And the guy in the rear got drafted
    (I B Emerson)
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