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Johnny Cash: The One on the Right Is on the Left Meaning

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Song Released: 1966


The One on the Right Is on the Left Lyrics

"The One On The Right Is On The Left"


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...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2021 !⃝

    It is about a folk band with political differences. The punch line to each verse is the guy in the rear. It has nothing to do with Sun records. It simply parodies the political leanings of 1960's folk singers.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2020 !⃝

    Johnny cash was in a quartet with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry lee Lewis.
    And this song is talking about a four person folk group which is what The million dollar quartet with songs such as Down by the riverside and other songs with folk music so it is my understanding that this was a reference to there time at sun records


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