Roger Miller can challenge Randy Newman for the title of Greatest American Composer, but some of his stuff doesn't age that well.
On Thursday afternoon I had my picture taken, and the photographer was taking so long that we were joking that he had to change the film.
This reminded me of a line from the Roger Miller song "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd":
You can't change film with a kid on your back
Of course, Miller's most famous song is a little dated in some spots:
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 pushing broom
Buys a eight by twelve four bit room...
Heck, you can't even get a room for fifty cents an HOUR any more.
I couldn't find a YouTube video of Miller singing the song, but here's a performance by the BCBband.
The same band has a video of "King of the Road." Admire their enthusiasm. And remember that Johnny Cash couldn't sing either, but we didn't care.
But it doesn't compare to this (warning: singer not wearing actual theatre costume).
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