Stuck In The Middle With You chords by Stealers Wheel


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Stuck In The Middle With You | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| D D/A D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) | D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) |
| D5/A D D/A D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) | D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) |
||: D/A | D/A :||

Verse 1

| D/A | D/A |
Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight.
| D/A | D/A |
I’ve got the feeling that something ain’t right.
| G | G |
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
| D/A | D/A |
and I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs.
| A | C G |
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
| D5/A | D5/A |
here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Verse 2

| D/A | D/A |
Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you.
| D/A | D/A |
And I’m wondering what it is I should do.
| G | G |
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
| D/A | D/A |
losing control, yeah I’m all over the place.
| A | C G |
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
| D5/A | D5/A |
here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Bridge 1

| G | G | D Dsus2 D5 | D Dsus2 D5 G |
When you started off with nothing and you’re proud that you’re a self-made man.
| G | G |
And your friends they all come crawling, slap you on the back, and say:
| D | D | A | A |
Please, please.

Instrumental 1

||: D/A | D/A :||

Verse 3

| D/A | D/A |
Trying to make some sense of it all.
| D/A | D/A |
But I can see it makes no sense at all.
| G | G |
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
| D/A | D/A |
‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore.
| A | C G |
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
| D5/A | D5/A |
here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Solo

| D/A | D/A | D/A | D/A |
| G | G | D/A | D/A |
| A | C G | D5/A | D5/A |

Bridge 2

| G | G | D Dsus2 D5 | D Dsus2 D5 G |
When you started off with nothing and you’re proud that you’re a self-made man.
| G | G |
And your friends they all come crawling, slap you on the back, and say:
| D | D | A | A |
Please, please.

Instrumental 2

||: D/A | D/A :||

Verse 4

| D/A | D/A |
Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight.
| D/A | D/A |
I’ve got the feeling that something ain’t right
| G | G |
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
| D/A | D/A |
and I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs.
| A | C G |
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
| D5/A | D5/A |
here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Outro

||: D/A | D/A :||
Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you.
Stuck in the middle with you.
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.



Stuck In The Middle With You Chords: Learn the progressions!


Stuck In The Middle With You Analysis + TAB T

The intro has a guitar riff playing slash chords panned to the right. Whenever I play this in new bands, other members look confused, as usually it’s just ignored.

Here are the chords for the rarely played intro, it won’t make much sense without TAB, although after you’ve seen the TAB, they might!

||: D D/A D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) | D7omit3/A (D6omit3/A) :||

Here’s TAB for that intro, when you can play it, can you just look at the chords and by doing so remember it?

Stuck In The Middle With You chords and TAB, intro.

As the band comes in, the main guitar starts strumming a different rhythm to the intro guitar, now just playing a D chord. To fatten it up, it’s better to play a D/A.

As the bass player plays a D, the chords with lyrics above are slightly misleading, they are for an acoustic guitar only.

When Stuck In The Middle With You’s verse chords kick in, we move almost like a blues, just one odd chord in there, the bVIIx (also known as the backdoor dominant) which appears in the turnaround. Compare this with Take Me To The River’s chords.

Here’s the full verse progression which also comes back for the solo:

| D/A (I) | D/A | D/A | D/A |
| G (IV) | G | D/A | D/A |
| A (V) | C (bVIIx) G | D5/A | D5/A |

I like having a D5/A at the end so when the verse repeats, we get the full triad, this wakes the listener up.

As you can see, this is a 12-bar blues, with the only difference being after the V chord (the A) we go to a C chord, which is the bVIIx.

There is also a bridge, it starts on the IV chord, as most bridges do!

| G | G | D Dsus2 D5 | D Dsus2 D5 G |
| G | G | D | D | A | A |

The extensions over the D chord are what happens if you incorporate the slide part. Members get TAB for all this.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Stuck In The Middle With You – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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The secret behind Stuck In The Middle With You’s success

What is the secret behind Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle With You? I put it down to two main things. First, the meaning of the lyrics, and second, the one unexpected chord!

  1. DHM. Nile Rodgers claims that all great songs have a deeper hidden meaning. In this song, it’s the lyrics that seem obscure, but once you get it you feel like you’re in on the joke. The DHM is: Stoned artist sleeps on the floor, friends come begging for money, everybody wants to be your friend now that you’re famous and you’re getting paranoid because you’re stoned.
  2. Familiarity with a twist. A 12-bar blues and a bridge starting on chord IV are familiarities personified. The bVIIx chord is the twist.

There’s also a strong case to be made for its popularity is down to how popular culture embraced it.

This classic tune has been featured in big movies, but also on a grassroots level with bar bands playing Stuck In The Middle With You every Saturday night for decades.



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