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Flat Broke Songs: No. 4

King of the Road
Roger Miller (1965)

The bottom lines: “Two hours of pushing broom buys an eight-by-twelve, four-bit room/I’m a man of means by no means … king of the road.”

Miller’s rambler hops boxcars and pays for his nightly board with a couple hours of sweeping floors — homeless, maybe, but by choice, and with an air of romanticism.

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