Praise of Mediocrity? Little in the Middle – Milow

I’m not so sure whether there are still people dreaming of becoming a circus artist. Jugglers, clowns, lions, the whole program – action, excitement, fun and danger, that’s what circus is all about.

To me it looks as if the time of the great circuses as evoked in movies like “Water for Elephants” has definitely gone. But then, it’s not really about circuses in Milow’s new single “Little in the Middle” from the album “North and South” – it’s about dreams, OUR dreams:

„You always wanted to be 
Part of a circus company
For the fun and death defying…

Jugglers walk on the wire 
Lions leap through hoops of fire
As the acrobats go flying…”

We all have our dreams, hopefully. Some of us dream of travelling far countries, others of fame and  big money, many dream of a great love story. Some of these dreams come true, others never will. Having a closer look at some of them has us realize: what seems to be an effortless dream,  really is hard work –  the air is thinner in the world of fame:

„But in time you forgot life is small in the big top
And your dreams were slowly dying…”

But what’s the show all about
When did your north get turned to south
And the truth turn to lying”.

That’s a pity, Milow says in his song “Little in the Middle”

„What you wanted was not a crime 
You could’ve done it but you needed time”.

Instead of pursuing your dream you are burying your head in the sand and getting used to your mediocre life – missing out on many things:

“But it’s a hole you’re digging
A hole you’re digging you’re doing it despite
The so much more you’re missing
More you’re missing to your left and to your right.”

On the other hand, there is some kind of comfort in mediocrity – it keeps you from becoming dizzy and nauseous:

“Now you’re always just a little 
A little in the middle
A little in the middle of where you’re bound
Always just a little in the middle
It keeps your head from spinning round”.

Actually, we can’t have it all in life and most of us are happy to lead a healthy, mediocre and not too ambitious life. Maybe we should be merciful with ourselves and our dreams without totally giving them up – you never know…. 😉

Milow’s song of mediocrity “Little in the Middle” is certainly meant to be taken humorously – just watch the official video for the song – sometimes the world is turned upside down and you don’t know what is north and what is south – that’s life!


Here’s a wonderful live version of the song:


How about your dreams?

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