An Exemplary Tune:
“King of the Road”


The song became a top-ten hit when first released in 1965. "This stoical celebration of the hobo life, with its jazz-influenced undertones, became Miller's best known song" (Microsoft Music Central 97), and it has since appeared in numerous (cover) versions.

 

 

KING OF THE ROAD
Words and Music by Roger Miller

Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let fifty cents
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes
Ah but two hours of pushin' broom buys and eight by twelve four-bit room
I'm a man of means by no means, king of the road

Third boxcar midnight train, destination Bangor, Maine
Old worn out suit and shoes, I don't pay no union dues
I smoke old stogies I have found, short but not too big around
I'm a man of means by no means, king of the road

I know every engineer on every train
All the children and all of their names
And every handout in every town
And every lock that ain't locked when no-one's around
I sing...

REPEAT FIRST VERSE (2x), fade...


Roger Miller version

Dean Martin version

R.E.M. version

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Cover Versions: Old Trails Reiterated