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Song Parodies -> "The One On the Right Was a Country Boy"

Original Song Title:

"The One On the Right Is On the Left"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"The One On the Right Was a Country Boy"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

DKTOS? This send-up of the early Sixties folk acts can be read here: www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/johnnycash/theoneontherightisontheleft.html
There once was a musical troupe.
An all-American rock group.
Each of them loved music
and so they formed a band.
They had great musical ability.
They thought they would stand tall.
But musical incompatibility
led to their downfall.

'Cause the one on the right was a country boy
and the one in the middle, he was a punk
and the one on the left liked heavy metal
and the guy on the drums...

liked the Smiths.

This musical aggregation
caused some aggravation
Their format disagreein'
gave them a mixed-up brand.
They had great virtuosity.
Soon they were the rage.
But cross-musical animosity
knocked them off the stage.

'Cause the one on the right wore a Stetson hat
and the one in the middle, he spiked his hair
and the one on the left used AquaNet
and the guy on the drums...

got highlights.

The curtain had arisen.
The crowd, they were a-buzzin'.
Seeing a special concert
was what they all had planned.
But the band was yelling and crying
venting spleen and gall
and soon the fists were flying
they had a free-for-all.

And 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 nose
and the guy on the drums...

said, "Oh, stop it, chums!"

Now let this be a lesson
if with music you're messin':
Pick only one format
if you want to start a band.
Use the same stuff as a reference.
Play your guitar well.
And if you got some musical differences
keep 'em to yourself.

Now the one on the left works in a bank
and the one in the middle drives a truck
and the one on the right runs an all-night diner
and the guy on the drums...

got killed in Iraq.

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alvin rhodes - February 03, 2006 - Report this comment
screamingly funny concept and you pulled it off beautifully
Red Ant - February 03, 2006 - Report this comment
This wasn't about Bush? I'm a bit lost here, what band is this about?
Rick C - February 03, 2006 - Report this comment
Good story-telling, Michael. I was in different bands for 30+ years. Chemistry is a tough thing to find. Now, my iPod is my back-up band. 555
Larry Hensley - February 03, 2006 - Report this comment
Good parody.
Michael Pacholek - February 05, 2006 - Report this comment
Ant: The band in question is completely hypothetical, as was the group in Cash's original... in each case, I hope! And it isn't about Bush the "President," or Bush the band (Gavin, you lucky bastard), or Kate Bush the singer. But since the original "guy in the rear" -- I'm still not sure what his problem was -- "got drafted," I decided to make this band's guy on the drums enlist to "prove himself," with disastrous results.
Royce Miller - February 06, 2006 - Report this comment
Michael, this is one of JC's songs I'm not familiar with, but you put a great deal of work into this parody--
Ravyn Rant - February 07, 2006 - Report this comment
You updated TOS for this century, Michael - great job. 555

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