Breedloves's Folk Songs


“King of the Road” is a 1965 song written and originally recorded by country singer
Roger Miller. The lyrics tell of a man with a nomad or perpetual traveler lifestyle
(possibly a struggling road musician, as the composer was himself) who, although he
lives in a hand-to-mouth existence, also feels free, and describes himself with joking
introspection as the “king of the road”. It was written at the Idanha Hotel in Boise, Idaho.
In an interview with Drake-Chenault host Robert W. Morgan in the early 70’s, Miller
mentioned writing it while in the Chicago area. The highly popular crossover record hit
#4 on the Billboard Top 100, and #1 on their Country and Easy Listening surveys.
Trailers 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 an 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 suits 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 of their children, and all of their names
And every handout in every town
And every lock that ain’t locked
When no one’s around

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