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King Of The Road Chords And Strumming, Roger Miller

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Did You Know? Roger Miller was inspired to write King Of The Road when he was driving and he saw a sign on the side of a barn that said 'Trailers for sale or rent'. It became the first line of the song.

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Yellow Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm: Yellow Pick (White Pick when played with straight 8s throughout)

Most Advanced Chord Change: Yellow Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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King Of The Road Chords And Strumming, Roger Miller

Django Chords:

(Capo 2nd fret first half of song, 3rd fret second half of song)

Django G Chord

Django C Chord

Django D Chord


Tempo:  122 bpm

Strumming:

"Straight 8s":

|D U D U D U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |


Key: with capo on 2nd fret A, with capo on 3rd fret Bb

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Verse 1 -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

(G) Trailer for (C)sale or rent, (D) rooms to let, (G)fifty cents
(G) No phone, no (C)pool, no pets, (D) I ain't got no cigarettes

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Chorus -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

Ah but, (G) two hours of (C)pushin' broom
Buys an (D) eight by twelve (G)four-bit room
I'm a (G) man of (C)means by no means, (D) king of the road.


Verse 2 -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

(G) Third boxcar, (C)midnight train, (D) destination, (G)Bangor, Maine.
(G) Old worn out (C)suit and shoes, (D) I don't pay no union dues


Verse 3 -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I (G)smoke old stogies (C)I have found (D) short, but not too (G)big around
I'm a (G) man of (C)means by no means, (D) king of the road


Key Change - Move capo to 3rd fret for the rest of the song


Verse 4 -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I know (G)every engineer on (C)every train
(D) All of their children, and (G)all of their names
And (G)every handout in (C)every town,
(D)every lock that ain't locked, when no one's around


Verse 1 -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I sing, (G) trailers for (C)sale or rent, (D) rooms to let, (G)fifty cents
(G) No phone, no (C)pool, no pets, (D) I ain't got no cigarettes

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Chorus -

|G - - - |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |C - - - |D (1strum)| (rest) |G

 

Ah but, (G) two hours of (C)pushin' broom
Buys an (D) eight by twelve (G)four-bit room
I'm a (G) man of (C)means by no means, (D) king of the road (G)


Final Chord Strum: G

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King Of The Road Chords And Strumming, Roger Miller

Open Chords: 

(Capo 1st fret second half of song)

Open E Chord

Open A Chord

Open D Chord


Key: With capo Bb, without A 


Tempo:  122 bpm

Strumming:

"Straight 8s":

|D U D U D U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |

​​​​

Verse 1 -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

(A) Trailer for (D)sale or rent, (E) rooms to let, (A)fifty cents
(A) No phone, no (D)pool, no pets, (E) I ain't got no cigarettes

​​

Chorus -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

Ah but, (A) two hours of (D)pushin' broom
Buys an (E) eight by twelve (A)four-bit room
I'm a (A) man of (D)means by no means, (E) king of the road.


Verse 2 -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

(A) Third boxcar, (D)midnight train, (E) destination, (A)Bangor, Maine.
(A) Old worn out (D)suit and shoes, (E) I don't pay no union dues


Verse 3 -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I (A)smoke old stogies (D)I have found (E) short, but not too (A)big around
I'm a (A) man of (D)means by no means, (E) king of the road


Key Change - Place capo on 1st fret for the rest of the song


Verse 4 -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I know (A)every engineer on (D)every train
(E) All of their children, and (A)all of their names
And (A)every handout in (D)every town,
(E)every lock that ain't locked, when no one's around


Verse 1 -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |

 

I sing, (A) trailers for (D)sale or rent, (E) rooms to let, (A)fifty cents
(A) No phone, no (D)pool, no pets, (E) I ain't got no cigarettes

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Chorus -

|A - - - |D - - - |E - - - |A - - - |

|A - - - |D - - - |E (1strum)| (rest) |A

 

Ah but, (A) two hours of (D)pushin' broom
Buys an (E) eight by twelve (A)four-bit room
I'm a (A) man of (D)means by no means, (E) king of the road. (A)


Final Chord Strum: A

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