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Middle Man:
A song about pub culture ~~ In the cocoon of a dark brown, dimly-lit drinking den some of the folk would down enough booze to obliterate all thoughts of what lay beyond those four walls. The ringing of the ‘last orders’ bell and shouts from the bar-staff to “Drink up ladies and gents!” would bring an impending doom and the reality of the night coming to an end. The outside world beckoned and the stinging cold of an Ulster winter night was ready to tear through them once they left the pub and ventured out into it…

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Pick up the brightest light from the big antenna,
That’s beaming out from somewhere in the stars,
And the song is in you, and the beat’s forgiven you,
Let’s start again as if our eyes have just been opened,

To the brightest light from the big antenna,
That’s beaming out from somewhere in the stars,
And the old man Joe sings,
And his old girl’s listening,
She does a dance as the Word floats right through her.

She sees the brightest light from the big antenna,
That’s beaming out from somewhere in the stars,
And the radio don’t pick it up,
And the TV don’t pick it up,
It needs a Middle Man,
The Middle Man is you.

The oul’ lad said he once saw a spaceship,
And everyone thought he was mad,
He even took a photograph that he keeps for himself,
Right here in his back pocket.
But it’s all creased and torn,
Because he took it back in ’64,
And it don’t look like much,
But if you look real hard there’s something…

It’s like a big white light coming out of the blue,
It’s like a big white light coming out of the blue,

It’s sees the brightest light from the big antenna,
That’s beaming out from somewhere in the stars,
And the radio don’t pick it up,
And the TV don’t pick it up,
It needs a Middle Man,
The Middle Man is you.

© Ian Livingstone 2012

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from belfastsongs (the demos), released June 4, 2012

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