Stealers Wheel Stuck in the Middle with You

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Stealers Wheel Stuck in the Middle with You

Stealers Wheel Stuck in the Middle with You

Folk Rock

The song was written by group members Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty. It was a parody of Bob Dylan’s music, social paranoia et alia, and made fun of a music industry cocktail party. They were quite surprised when the song became a hit. It was released on their 1972 album Stealers Wheel. They released it as a single in 1973, backed with “Jose.”  And in 1973, “Stuck in the Middle with You” (aka “Stuck in the Middle)  went to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #2 in Canada, #8 in the U.K., and #16 in Australia and New Zealand.

There were covers by Leif Garrett, Grace Potter, and Louise, to name a few. The song was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film Reservoir Dogs during a grisly torture scene.

Stealers Wheel formed in Paisley, Scotland, in 1972, by school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty. They disbanded in 1975 and then re-formed for a short time in 2008. On the track were Gerry Rafferty (guitar, lead vocals), Joe Egan (keyboards, lead vocals), Paul  Pilnick (lead guitar),  Tony Williams (bass), and Rod Coombes (drums). It was  produced by the famous team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Here are the lyrics to “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel:

Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down those stairs

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, and I’m all over the place

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Well, you started off with nothing,
And you’re proud that you’re a self-made man
And your friends they all come crawling,
Slap you on the back and say,
Please, please

Trying to make some sense of it all,
But I can see it makes no sense at all
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

And you started off with nothing,
And you’re proud that you’re a self-made man
And your friends they all come crawling,
Slap you on the back and say,
Please, please.

Yeah, I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down those stairs

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you
Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you
Stuck in the middle with you
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

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