Middleman

John Prine

Tom: E
Intro 

verse 1 
      E 
I was sitting in a diner with a girl named Flo 
    A 
She wouldn't say yes, but she couldn't say no 
          E        B7                  E 
She said, 'Darling, can I get a middle man?' 
        E 
She was engaged to a fellow on the lay-a-way plan 
        A 
But she carried all her money in a coffee can 
          E        B7                  E 
She said, 'Darling, can I get a middle man?' 


Bridge 
    A 
The cook looked over with a short order face 
E 
Dropped a fork and he saw Flo's legs 
A 
Straightened his apron and burned my eggs 
      B7 
I got competition everywhere I go these days 


verse 2 
E 
Leaning on the juke box lookin' real good 
     A 
Like Natalie Wood on a Pontiac hood 
         E          B7                    E 
I said, 'Darling, I think I need a little hand. 
             E 
Ya see, I've seen my downs, I've seen my ups 
       A 
I seen miniature dogs in coffee cups 
     E              B7                  E 
But darling I ain't never seen a middle man.' 


Bridge 
A 
Flo talked slow like real wet paint 
             E 
She said, 'A middle man's there when the other ones ain't 
           A 
He's got a left handed manner that leans to the right 
B7 
Sleeps all day and keeps it up all night' 


verse 3 
         E 
I got an aunt in Ohio and a boat that won't row 
     A 
Some veterans insurance and nowhere to go 
E         B7                   E 
'Darling, can I be your middle man?' 


Bridge 
A 
If I could get the money in that coffee can 
        E 
I could open me up a lemonade stand 
A 
Send all the kids off to Pakistan 
B7 
Make Flo happy if I can 


Instrumental 
A    E 
A    B7 


verse 4 
E 
Jerry Mahoney and Johnny B. Goode 
          A 
Are gonna buy me a house in Hollywood 
E          B7                      E 
Darling, I think I got the perfect plan 
            E 
We're gonna save half a dollars and sell 'em to France 
A 
Buy us a record and learn how to dance 
    E             B7 
And darling, I'll always be your middle 
E        B7 
Darling, go buy a griddle 
E          B7                   E 
Darling, I wanna be your middle man 

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