"King of the Road" as written by and Jon Hendricks Count Basie....
The king he sat in a chair of gold
And let life let him be
His daughter sat by his side most nights
To keep him company
The wise man and the alcamist
Looked over the charts and graphs
Inconclusive, they're inconclusive, hopefully this will pass
The jester said, I tried to make him laugh

The party was thrown for the king that night
And they tried to raise the dead
The golden chair still occupied
By the king's resting head
The daughter danced with the alcamist
And of course the wise man spoke
The jester said, hey king it's time for a little joke
No response, I think the king is broke

Some weeks have passed and his subjects have
All but given up
People were tired of forcing the king
To try and live it up
The morning sun and the alcamist
Watched the king make his first move
The king stood up, stretched a bit
Said, I've got nothing to prove
Listen up, I've got nothing to prove

And I, I just need some time off
I need some time off from all of this
And I, I just need some time off
I need some time off from all of this

Lyrics submitted by AllStarMe, edited by SoBrokenHearted

"King of the Road [Live]" as written by Jon Hendricks Count Basie

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    General CommentI know this song was already posted, but i just rewrote the lyrics so they're easier to read ... this song, by the way, i think is about the dudes car..it makes sense.
    AllStarMeon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, its about the bands old tour bus.
    Vitalyon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNewbury** not Nuberry
    Midtownon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG... I think it's so good and creative. ::two thumbs up::
    TSLfinchTSLon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits about a school bus!!!
    xTurpentinexon October 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenta school bus sure beats van for cross country trips
    Tonsteron March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdoes he really teach first grade? i mean, there is little kids singing just a simple plan at the end, would make some sense right?
    Time Consumeron April 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah. its about their old tour bus, melvin. RIP.
    onemindtohearon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit seems like there is a deeper connection than just the tour bus but also the memories around it.
    ricinon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome...
    reminds me of my old car.
    it may not have been a sweet bus but damnit...i loved her
    Twenty5HourDayson April 03, 2006   Link

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