King Of The Road chords by Roger Miller


Video blocked due to privacy settings

Change privacy settings


King Of The Road | Chords and lyrics

Intro

| Bb Bb/D | Eb | F | F |

Verse 1

| Bb | Eb | F | Bb |
Trailer’s for sale or rent, rooms to let, 50 cents.
| Bb | Eb | F7 N.C | N.C |
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes.
| Bb | Eb | F | Bb |
Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom, buys an eight by twelve four-bit room.
| Bb | Eb | F7 N.C | N.C |
I’m a man of means by no means, King of the road.

Verse 2

| Bb | Eb | F | Bb |
Third boxcar, midnight train. Destination Bangor, Maine.
| Bb | Eb | F7 N.C | N.C |
Old, worn-out suit and shoes, I don’t pay no union dues.
| Bb | Eb | F | Bb |
I smoke old stogies I have found, short, but not too big around.
| Bb | Eb | F7 N.C | N.C |
I’m a man of means by no means, King of the road.

Verse 3 (key change)

| B | E | F | Bb |
I know every engineer on every train.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
All of their children, and all of their names.
| B | E | F# | B |
And every handout in every town.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
And every lock that ain’t locked, when no one’s around.

Verse 4

| B | E | F# | B |
I sing, Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let, 50 cents.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes.
| B | E | F# | B |
Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom, buys an eight by twelve four-bit room.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
I’m a man of means by no means, King of the road.

Verse 5

| B | E | F# | B |
Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let, 50 cents.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes.
| B | E | F# | B |
Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom, buys an eight by twelve four-bit room.
| B | E | F#7 N.C | N.C |
I’m a man of means by no means, King of the road.


A Country song without cowboy chords

A classic country tune in an odd key we find in King Of The Road by singer-songwriter Roger Miller.

As you can see in the video we’re Mr. Miller plays the tune for you, there are no open-position cowboy chords here, instead, we play barre chords, initially from the key of Bb.

As far as the chord progression goes, it’s the good old IIVV, only varied with a stop every other time. 

After two verses, we simply modulate a semitone up from Bb to B.

This is songwriting in its simplest form, we essentially have one idea over 8 bars, and then just repeat it, like this:

| Bb (I) | Eb (IV) | F (V) | Bb (I) |
| Bb (I) | Eb (IV) | F7 (V) N.C | N.C |

When it comes to the melody and lyrics of King of The Road, that idea stretches over 16 bars. 

This slight variation of one idea repeating over 8 bars (chords), and the other idea repeating over 16 bars (lyrics/melody) is genius.

All you need to complete the tune is to modulate up a semi-tone after a couple of verses.

Most songwriters that I’ve come across suffer from trying to cram too many ideas into one song, next time that happens, I’m playing them King Of The Road!


King Of The Road | Related pages


Roger Miller

Roger Miller started out as a songwriter in the 50s and released his own tunes in the 60s. In the 70s, he went back to being a songwriter again, now for Disney.

His best-known tunes include Billy Bayou, Oo-De-Lally, Dang Me, England Swings, and his signature song King Of The Road.

Go to Roger Miller.


Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


Copyright + Comments

Studying great songs is the best way for a musician to develop, we believe displaying chords and lyrics falls under “fair use in education”.

If you are the copyright holder and do not wish to be represented in this way, or want to comment on anything in these lessons, do reach out.

Go to Contact.