Song Lyric Sunday:Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top

It’s Sunday again and time for Song Lyric Sunday. Our gracious host Jim Adams has said our prompt for January 12, 2020 – is: Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top.

Now Jim introduces us to this prompt by talking about “Football Terms” Obviously I realised he was discussing American Football because to my English ear he was describing Rugby… I will go no further on this but I will say : “Two nations divided by one language!”

In 1973 when Stuck In The Middle With You, was released I had been married two years, expecting our first child and living miles from my London home. In the middle of nowhere in Devon. On top of a high hill, I had to walk down to the bottom of the hill to get to the shops . That was a mile and a half. My travels didn’t stop there it was another Mike and a half further down the hill to the town and the sea. If I needed the doctors that was off to the side up another hill. Where ever I went it was a long walk down and a long walk back up to the top to reach the end of any journey. I was truly stuck in the middle.

Stealers Wheel were a Scottish folk rock/rock band formed in 1972 in PaisleyScotland, by former school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty.[1] Their best-known hit is “Stuck in the Middle with You“. The band broke up in 1975 and re-formed briefly in 2008.

Egan and Rafferty met as teenagers in Paisley, and became the core of Stealers Wheel. They were initially joined by Roger Brown, Rab Noakes and Ian Campbell in 1972. By the time the band was signed to A&M Records later that year, Brown, Noakes and Campbell had been replaced by Paul Pilnick, Tony Williams and Rod Coombes.

The original line-up recorded Stealers Wheel (October 1972), produced by American songwriters and producers Leiber & Stoller, andwas a critical and commercial success, reaching No. 50 in the US Billboard 200 album chart, with their hit single “Stuck in the Middle with You” coming from the album. On 7 November 1972 the band appeared on BBC 2‘s The Old Grey Whistle Test, performing “I Get By” and “Late Again”. Read more here.

The band performed the song on the BBC’s Top of the Pops in May 1973, and the song charted at No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. It also became an international hit, reaching No. 6 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

Happy Sunday everyone.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. newepicauthor
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 03:00:40

    I am using the same song, but I have a different video, thanks for sharing this Willow.


  2. msjadeli
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 03:04:23

    I love how you described where you were living back then, Willow. Sounds like it was a real workout to get anywhere. I love the song also. Never realized Stealer’s Wheel was a Scottish band and that Gerry Rafferty was in it. Great choice for the prompt!


    • willowdot21
      Jan 12, 2020 @ 03:41:02

      Thank you I am glad you liked it , it’s a great song. I was living 3 miles outside of Exmouth Devon. It was a lot of walking, no buses, I had no car husband was working in Exeter then later he had to move back to London while I stay behind with our first lad to sell the bungalow. It took over six months to reunite but I did finally escape. I was thin and fit 😜🤣🤣🤣🤣


  3. robertawrites235681907
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 06:00:45

    Gosh, Willow, that is a lot of walking. A very appropriate song which I just love.


  4. Ritu
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 07:49:18

    Great Song, Sis! And that was a lot of walking, you had to do! 💜💜💜


  5. Violet Lentz
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 12:02:04

    Ah! you picked it too! I LOVE this song and wrote my piece before I even read past the prompt on Jim’s post. It just may be the most popular song in the line up today. As well it should!


  6. Maggie
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 14:32:12

    What a; interesting write up Willow. This was the first song that came to mind this morning, but you did a much better job with it than I could have.


  7. angietrafford
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 15:14:24

    This was my first instinct as well, but I thought it probably was for a lot of people!


  8. pensitivity101
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 15:55:32

    Classic choice Willow


  9. J-Dub
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 19:09:50

    Very peppy and I like it! Thanks for sharing it.


  10. aisasami
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 13:12:24

    When I first saw the title, I was like “Who is Stealers Wheel”? But, once I played the song, I was like “Oh I know this song”. Such a classic. Cleve choice!


  11. Christine Bolton
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 14:40:10

    I have a vision now of you slip-sliding down a hill, pregnant, and clambering up another one, just to get your shopping and errands done! Yes, you
    were stuck in the middle willow 🙂❤️
    I always love earring this song. It was brought to life again recently on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie


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