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The Musical Group

  • (J. H. Clement / ad. Iain C. MacKintosh)

       There once was a musical group
       A picking singing folk group
       We sang traditional ballads
       And the folk songs of our land
       We had musical ability
       Folk said we would go far
       But political incompatibility
       Led to our downfall

    Because 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 one at the back played the banjo

       This musical congregation
       Toured round the nation
       Singing Streets of London
       And the folk songs of our land
       We performed with virtuosity
       Soon we were all the rage
       But political animosity
       Prevailed upon the stage

    Because 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 one at the back played the banjo

       One night we began to play
       And a hush fell on the crowd
       Who had gathered in their thousands
       To hear the folk songs of our land
       We took our politics seriously
       In the concert hall that night
       While the audience watched deliriously
       The group began to fight

    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 was in the middle
    And the one at the rear said, Oh dear

       So let this be a lesson
       If you want to sing in a folk group
       Never mix politics
       With the folk songs of your land
       Practise singing and diction
       And play your banjo well
       If you have political convictions
       Just keep them to yourself

    'Cause now the one on the right works in a bank
    The one in the middle drives a truck
    The one on the left is a d. j.
    And the one at the back brought his banjo here today

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1990:] Learnt from a 78 recording, apparently an old country song also recorded at one time by Johnny Cash. (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

  • [1992:] About the first group I ever played with, back in 1963/64 [The Islanders]. (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

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