Gut Rumbles

June 02, 2004

Roger Miller

I picked up a guitar this afternoon and surprised myself by the number of really good Roger Miller songs I remember. Yeah, everybody knows "King of the Road" and "Can't Roller-Skate in a Buffalo Herd," but how about "Chug-a-Lug," "Kansas City Star" and "Dang Me?" Those are damned good songs. I sang 'em all today and I enjoyed the hell out of myself.

I even did "England Swings."

Roger Miller was an excellent songwriter and one of the best white-boy scat-singers of all time. (for those who don't know, singing "scat" is subsituting SOUNDS for words in the middle of a song. Just listen to Roger and you'll know what I mean. "Bweep-bweep-bweep-bweep-da-da-diddly-da dooo...")

He was one of a kind and he died far too young.


Roger was the man. Dang Me and England Swings are great songs. King of the Road is iconic. A brlliant songwriter, and cleverly self-effacing performer.

Posted by: Velociman on June 2, 2004 09:08 PM

Remove your hat when you talk about Roger Miller. Too soon, way too soon.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on June 2, 2004 09:55 PM

His version of "Tall, tall trees" is the best and I also love singing "Engine, Engine #9".
Oh and , his version of "Husbands and Wives", too...

Just got goosebumps.
Roger ALWAYS gives me goosebumps... (especially when I get that scattin' of his said right... )

Posted by: Stevie on June 2, 2004 10:57 PM

Oh hey... I just remembered something...

I went to the 'offical' website run by Roger's wife Mary and left a little note, just saying how much I love the guy and what his music means to me and how much I love singing it full out for half the night to the 400 Holsteins I was milking then.
Just wanted to leave my two cents and say thanks.

Mary wrote back.

She's a really nice lady, that one. Easy to see why Roger loved her.

I've got a tribute to Roger that she did on TNN on tape. I looove the 'Roger stories', like the 'Waylon wall' and the 'whisk broom/restroom' thing, but...
I can barely stand to listen to that Christmas song he wrote for his first son Dean... "Little Toy Trains". Just thinking about it and writing out the title almost makes me cry. Seeing Dean sing it... whew.

God, he was one of a kind...

Posted by: Stevie on June 2, 2004 11:08 PM

Didn't Miller do "I Don't Believe In 'IF' Anymore"?

One of my personal favorites. And as for this:

"England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles two by two;
Westminster Abby, the Tower of Big Ben;
The rosy red cheeks of the little children."

Damn you, Acid.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on June 2, 2004 11:25 PM

Sorry, just remembered:

"If" was Roger WHITTAKER.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on June 2, 2004 11:25 PM

Were ya maybe thinkin' of Mr. Miller's "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me"?
I'm not familiar with Mr. Whittaker's song, so I'm not sure if they sound alike, but both song titles are complete sentences... maybe that's what caused the mixup.

Besides, it's not like Rogers Miller and Whittaker couldn't be sorta easily confused. Now, if you'd have said Roger DALTREY, I'd have been scared for ya... lol.

Posted by: Stevie on June 3, 2004 12:19 AM

Thanks Rob. I'd almost forgotten about Roger Miller. I grew up listening to his songs on the radio and King of the Road is a classic. Now that all his old songs are running through my head, I'm off to try and find a greatest hits CD.

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Posted by: Brent on June 3, 2004 08:36 AM

As I said in comments to another post that seems to have disappeared, R M and I were separated at birth. Don't forget "One Dyin and a Buryin".

All his songs make me smile, happy smile or melancholy smile. R I P roger.

Posted by: Larry on June 3, 2004 10:05 AM

Chug-a-lug chug-a-lug
Makes you wanna holler high-dee-HO
BURNS your tummy don't you know
Chug-a-lug chug-a-lug!

Kris Kristofferson said that was the best whiskey-drinking ever written. I can't think of a better one. (Also gotta note "My Uncle Used To Love Me But He Died.")

Wishin' you Do-Wacka-Do ...

Posted by: j.boy deluxe on June 3, 2004 10:26 AM

Doesn't anyone blame him for the soundtrack song that became the "Hamster Dance" theme?

What a forgiving bunch!

Seriously though, he was a talent. And is missed.

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