My friend Ethel just finished a post that mentioned how this song, Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” got stuck in her mom’s head recently, prompting a mother-daughter singalong while they strolled around her mother’s nursing home.
I can’t think about this song without thinking of REM, and the boozy version that was included on Dead Letter Office. This version, although much shorter and apparently a bit more sober, is pretty cool too.
I like it that Peter Buck (is that who that is?) thinks it starts “Sailors…” Pretty much my level of awareness of the lyrics. They look very young here! Oh, I see the date, finally – 1985. Very young!
Stipe with hair and not completely emaciated. Those were the days, my friend. What a great video!
I ain’t got no ciiiiigarettes.