"King Of The Road" as written by and Kristoffer Kristofferson....
Trailer 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 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.

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.


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"King of the Road" as written by Roger Miller

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    General CommentThe narrator hasn't got a penny to his name and lives from one day to the next with no possessions or a place to call his own, hopping on and off trains and travelling the country. But he loves his lifestyle, there is no bitterness and he isn't looking for sympathy, just maybe a cigarette or a bite to eat and somewhere to crash for the night, but if he doesn't get it, no bother, he can take care of himself, he knows how to beg, borrow and steal.
    dancingbunnyon March 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK this guy wrote over 700 songs. on one posted here? This is a great song. a guy song.
    S3v3nson January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI second that. except for the guy part, I'm snappin my fingers and puttin it on repeat, but I ain't no guy. :P This song hasn't lost a bit with age. Good road song, too, but I like it for when I just wish I WAS on the road with nothing better to do.
    musicalcureon December 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe king is a hobo begging handouts and smoking castoff cigars (stogies) to quiet his cigarette craving. He's a thief sneaking into unlocked buildings or sleeping in a flophouse room when he can manage to work for two hours sweeping, earning 50 cents to pay for the filthy room. At least the mattress may not be infested with fleas since no pets are allowed. But watch out for the crabs and bedbugs.
    Ah the romance and adventure of the open road.
    billybayouon January 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrip mr. miller, we all miss you!
    mossyoak83on July 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy question is where the comma should be... is he saying a man of means by no means.... or is he saying a man of means (being his skill to get along).. by no means King of the Road... in that he is not living the fancy lifestyle of a King on the road... I guess the way it is written above on this website makes the most sense..
    kevin11476on November 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentActually a bit creepy. He wanders through many towns (all of them) and becomes familiar with every child (enough to know all of their names). It takes a very special effort and focus to know every child in every town that he is just passing through. Maybe things were different back then, but today if a stranger was seen working at getting familiar with all the children, there would be alarm bells going off.
    Also, I assumed that the locks were to homes (most businesses are very careful about locking up to protect their assets). Again,it takes a special effort to know every home where the folks are trusting enough to always leave the house unlocked every when not there. And it is assumed that he must go in those houses and explore.
    stanzasleuthon September 20, 2014   Link

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