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King of the Road, a Classic Train Song from Family Garden TrainsTM

Roger Miller's best-known song was probably "King of the Road," about a hobo who knows how to live cheap and how to get around the country free. Back when Miller was a virtual unknown, Dean Martin's producer thought the song's laid back tone would fit Dino's style, and it did - making one of Dino's biggest hits. Eventually Miller came to be better known with other tunes. But he had his own hit with "King of the Road," and it's one of the two songs he's best remembered for. (Little Green Apples being the other one) A lot of other folks have had hits with it as well, including Randy Travis, whose rough, throaty voice seems perfectly suited for it.

Some Miller fans seem to resent the fact that other people had hits with Roger's song, but Miller made money every time it was played on the radio, so he didn't mind at all.

Roger Miller wrote some of the most charming and ingratiating country and pop songs of his era. Click to see his Greatest Hits album on AmazonHere are Miller's lyrics:

    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.

    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.

MP3s from Amazon

Because this song is still under copyright, I can't legally post the whole song or the sheet music for it. However, you can sample the song and or download the whole song from Amazon.

The point of this section and the You-Tube Link section below is to give you a sense of how various artists attack this song. If you like one of the clips in this section, it doesn't cost that much to download it.

When I started these pages, I set up a bunch of little widgets here that would let you play clips right on the Amazon site without leaving the page. But every time a publisher changed the product number of the album they linked to, the widget would break and something silly would show up in the links instead. So I've changed things so the clips will play regardless, and if you like what you hear, the orange button should take you to that song's page on Amazon. If it doesn't you can always search the "Digital Downloads" section by the artist and song name, and chances are you'll find wherever the publisher has moved it this time. Sorry for any confusion.

    King of the Road - Roger Miller
    - the original artist.
    Click to here a sample clip of this song.
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    King of the Road - Dean Martin
    - who made this song famous
    Click to here a sample clip of this song.
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    King of the Road - Randy Travis
    - whose faithful cover was one of the best.
    Click to here a sample clip of this song.
    Click to see this song on

More Sound Clips of This Song

Amazon has a few more sound clips of this song by other artists. But these come and go. I've listed the artists you can click to directly, but if a link has gone away, you can search for "King of the Road" in the Amazon search box. Just be aware that there have been movies and cable series with that title.

You-Tube Videos of This Song

On some of the older pages, I have the You-Tube videos embedded in the page, but the You-Tube software keeps changing and something that worked a few weeks ago won't work now. So now, I just have links to the You-Tube pages. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The first video is an appearance of Roger Williams on the Johnny Cash show.

The second is a 1990 television appearance.

The third is a Randy Travis/Josh Turner live performance.

The fourth includes a recording of a vinyl with Dean Martin sing his version, the first one many people heard. Dino knew a great song when he heard one.

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