Video stealers wheel stuck in the middle with you lyrics

I’m tempted to be smug and say “I liked it before it was in Reservoir Dogs.” But I’m fairly young and, ironically, I probably wouldn’t have heard it on oldies stations if its use in that movie hadn’t caused a resurgence in popularity, thus causing it to re-enter popular consciousness and make it worthwhile for oldies stations to put it back in rotation. So thanks, Q.T., for keeping a good song alive. For the record, though, I still haven’t seen the movie.

kayteeoh – A review of the song calls it a “clever corporate snub”, so you could be right: You’re at a fancy dinner with these bigwigs and suits and snobs and assorted other elites, and you feel awkward (“I don’t know why I came here tonight/I got the feelin’ that something ain’t right”) and, in the presence of The Powers That Be, you’re terrified of making a bad impression- “I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair/And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs…It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face/Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place.” But you spend time with them, and you realize that they’re nothing but a pack of assholes-“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right/Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” This would especially make sense if he was at the dinner with a bandmate and he knew they both felt the same way.

If you interpret it that way, the “started off with nothin'” bridge could be about the guys in the band all psyched that they’ve finally gone from a no-name group gigging at dives (starting off from nothing) to a decently successful group. But now that they’re big, their ‘friends’ come out of the woodwork, asking for money or connections or what-have-you, slapping you on the back and begging for a hand-out. Maybe it’s another “success isn’t what I thought it would be” song.

Also, I always thought “And your friends, they all come crawlin’/Slap you on the back and say, ‘Please, please,'” was “And your fat old uncle Charlie…”.

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