King Of The Road chords and lyrics

by Roger Miller

  • King Of The Road was written by songwriter and country singer, Roger Miller.
  • Recorded: November, 1964
  • Released: January, 1965
  • Album: The Return of Roger Miller
  • Music: Bb with a key change to B Major in 4/4 time at ~ 120 bpm
  • Chords: Bb, Eb, F7 → B, E, F#7

King Of The Road by Roger Miller

Intro: 4/4 || (Bass Run) |   Bb   |   Eb   |   F7   |   F7  ||

 Bb             Eb          F7             Bb
1. Trailer for sale or rent__ Rooms to let fif-ty cents
 Bb             Eb          F7              
   No phone no pool no pets__ I aint got no ci-ga-rettes  (Ah but)

 Bb              Eb                    F7                 Bb
2. Two hours of pushing broom__ Buys a   eight by twelve four-bit room
         Bb        Eb                F7             Bb
   I'm a   man of means by no means___ King Of The Road

 Bb              Eb               F7               Bb
3. Third box-car mid-night train___ Des-ti-na-tion Ban-gor, Maine.
 Bb              Eb               F7               
   Old worn-out suit and shoes___   I don't pay no un-ion dues

           Bb             Eb            F7                  Bb
4. I smoke__ old sto-gies I have found___ Short but not too big a-round
         Bb        Eb               F7              Bb
   I'm a   man of means by no means___ King Of The Road (I Know)

               B                    E
Bridge: I Know ev-'ry en-gi-neer on ev-e-ry train
        F#7                      B
        All of the chil-dren and all of their names
            B                   E
        And ev-er-y hand-out in ev-er-y town
            F#7                                 
        And ev-'ry lock that ain't locked when no one's a-round (I sing)

  B              E           F#7              E
5. Trailers for sale or rent___ Rooms to let fif-ty cents
  B             E           F#7              
   No phone no pool no pets___ I aint got no ci-ga-rettes  (Ah but)

  B              E                      F#7                 B
6. Two hours of push-ing broom___ Buys a   eight by twelve four-bit room
        B7         E               F#7             B
   I'm a  man of means by no means___ King Of The Road

  B              E           F#7              B
7. Trailers for sale or rent___ Rooms to let fif-ty cents
  B            E            F#7              
   No phone no pool no pets___ I aint got no ci-ga-rettes  (Ah but)

  B              E                      F#7                B
8. Two hours of pushing broom___ Buys an  eight by twelve four-bit room
        B7         E               F#7             B
   I'm a  man of means by no means___ King Of The Road ...  

Bb Major → B Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Column of 3's: Barre 3rd finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative chord voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          Bb                       Eb                  Eb (alt)                F7 
    e|-1-|---|-------|     e|-1-|---|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|-4-(3)-|     B|-1-|-2-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|-4-|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|-1-|---|-3-(3)-|     G|-1-|---|---|---|     G|---|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|-1-|---|-2-(3)-|     D|---|---|-3-|---|     D|-1-|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|---|
    A|-1-|---|-------|     A|---|---|---|-4-|     A|---|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|-------|x    E|---|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3              3   4   5   6          1   2   3   4          1   2   3

           B                      E                 F#7
    e|-1-|---|-------|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|-4-(3)-|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|-1-|---|-3-(3)-|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|-1-|---|-2-(3)-|     D|---|-3-|---|     D|-1-|---|---|
    A|-1-|---|-------|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|-------|x    E|---|---|---|     E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  2   3   4              1   2   3          2   3   4 
      
Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
             Bb                     Eb                 Eb (alt)               F7
    |-------|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|-1-|e     |---|-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-(3)-4-|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-2-|-1-|B     |-4-|---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |-(3)-3-|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|---|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |-(3)-2-|---|-1-|D     |---|-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|-1-|D     |---|---|-1-|D
    |-------|---|-1-|A     |-2-|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|-------|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
          3   2   1          6   5   4   3          4   3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
              B                  E                 F#7
    |-------|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-(3)-4-|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |-(3)-3-|---|-1-|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |-(3)-2-|---|-1-|D     |---|-3-|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D
    |-------|---|-1-|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|-------|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E
          4   3   2          3   2   1          4   3   2  Frets

Roger Miller

Born: Roger Dean Miller, Sr. January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S

Died: October 25, 1992 (aged 56) - Los Angeles, California, U.S. (Lung Cancer)

Profession: Singer, songwriter, musician, actor

Music Style: Country

Active Years: 1957 - 1992

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, fiddle, drums

Favorite Guitar: Ovation

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