King Of The Road chords



You can learn how to play King Of The Road by Roger Miller!

A classic country tune in an odd key we find in King Of The Road by singer-songwriter Roger Miller. Hailing from Oklahoma, but clearly adopting the 60s Nashville Sound, Mr. Miller had other hits with Dang Me and England swings.

Although no tune came close to being as widespread as his King Of The Road, to which you find the chords and lyrics below.

As you can see in the video above, there are no cowboy chords here, instead, we play barre chords from the key of Bb.

As far as the chord progression goes, it’s the good old I – IV – V, only varied with a stop every other time. After two verses, we simply modulate a semitone up from Bb to B.


King Of The Road chords and lyrics


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

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.


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