Here’s one Maybank has been playing. A great song. A big hit from the sixties.  c, an enormous crossover hit in the year of 1965 or so by Roger Miller, the very fine songwriter who gave us lots of good songs – and good cheer too. Miller’s “Chug -A- Lug”, and “You Can’t Roller Skate Through a Buffalo Herd” come to mind. Back in the old days there was market space for humorous songs. The pop charts usually featured at least one novelty song. There was Alvin and the Chipmunks singles, “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? kind of stuff. Roger Miller was a big hit for a while with his country humor. He even made in onto the Andy Willams Show a couple of times. Anyhow, Maybank was playing it the other night.  Sing along:

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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