Song of the Day #3,359: ‘Stuck in the Middle With You (Live)’ – Jeff Healey

Day Four of the 30 Days Music Challenge calls for ‘A Song That Reminds You of Somebody You Would Rather Forget About.’

I was at a complete loss on this one, which I take as a good sign. I find that I have almost universally positive associations with music. I tried thinking about people I don’t like, and couldn’t come up with a single musical connection. Even songs that make me sad don’t make me want to forget the people they’re tied to. As Inside Out taught us, sadness is an essential part of happiness.

So I moved into the realm of fiction, and came up with a song that I forever associate with a movie scene and character I’d prefer to forget — Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde, from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, and specifically the moment when he cuts off a police officer’s ear with a straight razor to the tune of Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck in the Middle With You.’

(I’ve already featured the original version, so I’m going with a Jeff Healey cover today).

[Verse 1]
Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I’ve 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 the stairs
Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am
Stuck in the middle with you

[Verse 2]
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, yeah, 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

[Chorus]
Well you started out 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

[Verse 3]
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?
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

[Chorus]
Well you started out 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

[Verse 1]
Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I’ve 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 the 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
I’m stuck in the middle with you

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12 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,359: ‘Stuck in the Middle With You (Live)’ – Jeff Healey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    When I saw today’s theme and the song you picked, and before reading your comment, I assumed your pick was based on your desire to forget an artist whose singular claim to fame was a blatant ripoff of Bob Dylan’s style. So, while you chose your song for other reasons, it put my mind down a similar path that led me to Manfred Mann’s hijacking of Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light.” As memory serves, Mann exploited a period in Bruce’s career when he was at odds with his record label and scored a big hit with Bruce’s anthemic song. While there may be some, perhaps many, who actually like or prefer Mann’s version, I get a bit nauseous when I hear it, particularly given how Mann chopped up and trivialized Bruce’s great lyrics in the service of slickly produced schmaltz. So, for your listening displeasure, I bring you:

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Patricia

  3. Amy says:

    Deep into the lessons of The 100 (which are not dissimilar to those in Inside Out), I reject the notion of this topic. Still, it’s quite provocative. I love the spirit of your choice, as I can never hear this song without thinking of the scene you discuss. However, that’s the power of the movie and the song, which is a credit to both, I believe.

    So… I’m not sure how to answer this question. Still thinking about it…. will have some sort of conclusion by day’s end!

  4. Amy says:

    So I’ve decided to go with a song and artist that reminds me of all the fake patriotism that goes along with rallying against the other rather than supporting what truly is special about this country. There isn’t one particular person I associate this song with as much as a particular type of person and ideology which I find dangerous and would very much like to forget… https://youtu.be/DcbPs8zgpEU

  5. Peg Clifton says:

    Patricia is an instrumental

  6. Maddie says:

    I’m going the petty route for this one 😛 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyoutEHpPAU

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