King Of The Road

Album: The Return of Roger Miller (1965)
Charted: 1 4
  • Trailer for sale or rent
    Rooms to let... fifty cent
    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 clothes 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

    I sing,
    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

Comments: 12

  • Khan Artsfols from Kitchener, OnA number of us in Kitchener, Ontario would like to authenticate the information from that Mike Douglas episode. How could we do that? Where did you obtain the information?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1965 {February 7th} Roger Miller's "King of the Road" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, it remained in the top spot for ten weeks...
    "King of the Road" prevented four other records from peaking at #1:
    "Lemon Tree" by Trini Lopez peaked at #2 for two weeks
    "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" by Bert Kaempfert peaked at #2 for two weeks
    "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey peaked at #2 for four weeks
    "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" by Vic Dana peaked at #2 for one week...
    And Roger Miller's next release would also peak at #2 on the AC Tracks chart, his "Engine Engine #9" peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} on June 30th, 1965, and it took a another 'King' to keep him out of the top spot, Elvis' "Crying In The Chapel" was at #1 for those three weeks...
    Roger Dean Miller passed away at the young age of 56 on October 25th, 1992 {lung and throat cancer}...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Melinda from AustraliaI find it impossible to believe that Roger Miller had no experience of homelessness when he wrote this song. The amount of detail of the life of a hobo in this song is really interesting. It’s a fantastic song. But maybe he’s tellin the truth. He made it up. But I think when he was touring all the time he observed how hobos lived. From a distance. Or he had friends who lived that way for a while. It’s a song of its time. Kind of iconic.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 23rd 1965, Jody Miller performed "Queen of the House" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Her 'parody song' left Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart four days earlier on June 19th, 1965, it peaked at #12 {for 1 week} on May 30th; it reached #5 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    At the time her next release, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", was in its first week on the Top 100 at position #94 {she didn't perform the song on 'Shindig!'}...
    Between 1965 and 1979 she had twenty-seven records make the Hot Country Singles chart; six made the Top 10 with "There's A Party Goin' On" being her biggest hit, it peaked at #4 in 1972...
    Interestingly, she had four records peak at #5; besides "Queen of the House" there was "He's So Fine" {1971}, "Baby I'm Yours" {1971}, and "Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home" {1973}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 9th 1965, Roger Miller performed "King of the Road" on the British-TV program 'Ready Steady Go!'...
    Just a little over a month later on May 13th, 1965 it would peak at #1 {for 1 week} on United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart...
    And in the U.S.A. it was at #6 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    {See the next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 14th 1965, "King of the Road" by Roger Miller peaked at #4 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had enter the chart on January 24th at position #63 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #1 (for 5 weeks) on March 21st on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    And on February 7th it also peaked at #1 (for 10 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Was track eight on his second studio album, 'The Return of Roger Miller', and album reached #2 on Billboard's Country Hits album chart and #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    One other track from the album also made Billboard's Top 100 chart, "Do-Wacka-Do", it peaked at #31 (on the Country Singles chart it reached #15)...
    R.I.P. Roger Dean Miller, Sr. (1936 - 1992).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1965 Jody Miller released an answer record to "King of the Road"; the song was titled "Queen of the House", it peaked at #12. She also won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song!!!
  • Budoshi from Sandnessjøen, NorwayVery enjoyable to sing as well
  • Adam from Los Angeles, CtOne of many hits this guy had-------very enjoyable to listen to.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesThis song is very cool. It sounds like a typical Steve Miller song. Maybe Roger Miller and Steve Miller are related in some way. Or maybe one of them tends to be inspired by someone else with the same last name. I mean, think about it: singing about smoking occasionally. I don't smoke and don't plan on it. But it can be fun to sing about. Anyway, long live Roger Miller!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkThe Proclaimers covered this.
  • Bruce from Modesto, CaYour lyrics: "Old worn out clothes and shoes,"

    The correct lyrics are: "Old worn out suit and shoes,..."
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