"Middle Man" as written by and Jack Johnson....
Well he's not necessarily trying to say that he minds it
But someone plays evil tricks on that kid
Well he's not necessarily trying to say god can't be trusted
But someone plays evil tricks on that kid
And certain situations scream for deviations
But somehow he always gets stuck in the middle
Of this and that and man he should try less
Because every time he's rejected man he loses affection

But don't we all, don't we just got to give a little time
Maybe give a friend a call instead of making him confused
What a terrible thing for you to do
What an awful thing for you to say
What a terrible thing for you to relay

Well I know some people's they got a little less than nothing
But still find some to spare
And other people got more than they could use
But they don't share
And some people got problems man
They got awful complications
Other people got perfect situations
With no provocation

But don't we all, don't we just got to give a little time
Maybe give a friend a call instead of making him confused
What a terrible thing for you to do
What an awful thing for you to say
What a terrible thing for you
Confused
What a terrible thing for you to do
What an awful thing for you to say
What a terrible thing for you to relay

Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
Somehow we always get stuck in the middle


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"Middle Man" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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    General Commentahhhh whenever i try to sing along with this song. i always fall behind! he talks tooo fast!!
    *molly*on June 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrofl.
    Dont you just love it? The words just roll out so smoothly.. and yet he has great enunciation and diction, and what he is saying can be made out.

    I like this song's message.. Sometimes we do get stuck in the middle.. or force others into that position. And you know what? it sucks. .. "Confused, what an awful thing for you to do."

    (I must confess. I didnt like this song the first time i heard it.. but it's grown on me.)

    anna118kon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know why there are two versions of this song that sound completely different? Same with some of his other songs like "Posters". This song is great too, I'm not sure if I like the slow or fast version more yet.
    NateKalbachon August 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdammmmnnnn this song is wonderful

    "Well I know some people's they got a little less than nothing
    But still find some to spare
    And other people got more than they could use
    But they don't share
    And some people got problems man
    They got awful complications
    Other people got perfect situations
    With no provocation "


    MAN, i love this part of the song, and the whole song, because it seems to talk about some kid that

    "But someone plays evil tricks on that kid
    Well he's not necessarily trying to say god can't be trusted
    But someone plays evil tricks on that kid
    And certain situations scream for deviations
    But somehow he always gets stuck in the middle "



    damm what beautiful words, these two parts explains the song,
    its great.

    -angela
    amm511on August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI hear ya Nate. In my opinion, the more basic "double-bass" version where you hear the voices in the background make it much more jazzy feeling. Not to mention the flute has a great almost hip-hop feel.
    mjschornon April 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwell, this song to me is something i can really relate to. being the middle man, it's like being stuck between two friends where they don’t particularly like each other anymore but you're still friends with both of them. it's something where you don’t really mind being where you are but sometimes it's like there's something or someone playing tricks with you and you get confused and frustrated because you don't know whether the next day you're still going to be friends with both of them or if they're going to be friends and then turn their backs on you. so 'give a friend a call instead of making him confused', to me, is like just stop thinking about yourselves but think about the person who is being the middle man.

    and ‘of this and that and man he should try less because every time he's rejected man he loses affection’ is like he shouldn’t always be the middle man, shouldn’t always help people because then they’ll take advantage of him and he’ll be the one who will end up hurt, even though his intention was so that no one would get hurt.

    Well I know some people's they got a little less than nothing
    But still find some to spare
    And other people got more than they could use
    But they don't share
    And some people got problems man
    They got awful complications
    Other people got perfect situations
    With no provocation

    for ^that^ part of the song, it’s like other people didn’t bother with the problem the friends were having even though they could help, but the guy, the middle man did. and he’s a middle man even though he has problems of his own to deal with in the first place. so his two friends are too blind to see that… and they are the ones who should be helping him (by giving him a call!) instead of the other way around.

    Somehow we always get stuck in the middle
    Confused, what an awful thing for you to do
    Confused, what an awful thing for you to say

    well, yea, it’s an awful and terrible thing to be the middle man, but sometimes you just don’t plan these things. the middle man is usually at the right place at the right time.
    koolkkhairaon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOMG JACK JOHNSON IS SOOO TALENTED!
    mulmoon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis has gotta be my favorite j.j. song.

    simple yet powerful, and catchy.

    amazing
    HisDudenesson January 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmjschorn sums it up perfectly. this almost sounds like it belongs in a jazz club, but a jazz club by the beach.
    big timmyon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti know this song has nothing to do with drugs,...but it always makes me think of middle man in drug deals...

    its funny..i cant kick that thought out of my head at all....i think coz its the thing that came into my had wen i heard the song for the first time
    Bharperon June 07, 2007   Link

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