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The One on the Right Is on the Left

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"The One on the Right Is on the Left"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album Everybody Loves a Nut
B-side"Cotton Pickin' Hands"
ReleasedFebruary 12, 1966
GenreCountry, novelty
Songwriter(s)Jack Clement
Producer(s)Don Law, Frank Jones
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Happy to Be with You"
"The One on the Right Is on the Left"

"The One on the Right Is on the Left" is a country song written by Jack Clement. It was recorded by Johnny Cash on November 29, 1965 and included on his album Everybody Loves a Nut (1966). It was the album's third and most successful single (see 1966 in music), reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard Country Singles chart and forty-six on Billboard's Pop Singles chart.

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The song is a humorous criticism of musicians that put their political views into their music. It tells the story of a folk song group that is "long on musical ability", but ultimately breaks up due to political differences. At the end of the song, a warning is given not to mix politics with one's music.

The punch line to the joke is that "the guy in the rear", is less easily labeled: he is a Methodist and he burned his driver's license (rather than his draft card), etc. Indeed, the song closes by stating that he got drafted.

Cover versions

The song was covered, with a few lyrics slightly modified, by Canadian punk rock band Youth Youth Youth on their 1982 demo as well as on their Repackaged LP released in 1989 on Fringe Records.

Noel Harrison sang the song on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on June 11, 1967.[1] They ended the song by pointing out they had no "guy in the rear" and walked off.[2]

Chart performance

Chart (1966) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 46
Canadian RPM Top Singles 35


  1. ^ "Music Shows - The official Noel Harrison website". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ "The One on the Left is on the Right - Noel Harrison Smothers Brothers". YouTube. 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  3. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.

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