Roger Miller

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  1. HotRodSteve

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    Sorry, the dang commercials are almost as long as the song.

     
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    Where Have All the Average People Gone
    Roger Miller
    The people in this city call me country
    Because of how I walk and talk and smile
    Well, I don't mind them laughing in the city
    But the country folks all say I'm citified
    The fighting men they say that I'm a coward
    Because I never push no one around
    Gentle people call me trouble maker
    'Cause I'll always fight and stand my ground
    Funny I don't fit
    Where have all the average people gone?
    Some pious people point and call me sinner
    Because to them I've never seen the lights
    Other folks think of me as a preacher
    I'm just doing what I think is right
    The wealthy people think that I am a hobo
    Lean and hungry, writing mournful songs
    And the poor, poor people think I am a rich man
    But really, I'm just trying to get along
    Yes, it's funny I don't fit
    Tell me where have all the average people gone?
    And the government has given me a number
    To simplify my birth and life and death
    And still my woman thinks I'm awful important
    Like the moon and the sun and the sea and the sky and breath
    Yes, it's funny I don't fit
    Where have all the average people gone?
    Funny I don't fit
    Where have all the average people gone?
     
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    And the government has given me a number
    To simplify my birth and life and death.

    Ain't it the truth.
     
  4. SnidelyWhiplash

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    RM is mostly known for his novelty songs. He was far more profound. Just listen to the song The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me. The lyrics are as deep as the ocean.

    R.I.P. :cry:
     
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    Agree. He was smart. He was very talented. Don’t judge him from a few dumb commercials he made late in life.
     
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    He was the rarest of the rare!
    He could sing, write, play many instruments well, and look good while he was doing it!
    He had a fantastic sense of humour, too.
    I’m sure glad he was here!
    RIP, and thank you, Roger.
     
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    My first concert when I was a wee lad of 10 was Roger Miller at the Casa Manana in Fort Worth Texas. For those unfamiliar it is a round room with the stage in the center. Roger walked out with a stool in one hand and an acoustic guitar in the other and proceeded to play, sing and tell stories for over an hour. I have never laughed so hard in my life. It was pretty good for an Oklahoma boy.

     
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    He narrated Disney’s Robin Hood. I loved that movie when I was young and bought it for friends’ kids later. Hell, even now I could probably sing along to every song in the movie, most sang by RM.
     
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    He also wrote the music & lyrics to Big River. A musical based on Huckleberry Finn.
     
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    Roger was my first live musical experience 1970 maybe? West Palm Beach Auditorium.
     
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    The Animal of Man shook me when I was a youngster.

    His footprints can be found
    On the graves of dead young soldiers
    On the amber covered plains
    Killed by radio-active rains

    And his traces can be found
    In the dying streams and meadows
    And he'll kill you if he can
    He's the animal of man

    Yes his traces can be found
    In the scars of red-skin children
    That have never fully healed
    Ask a black man how he feels

    He's a nervous gifted child
    He's an old man been forgotten
    He's a military band
    He's the animal of man
     
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    One of a kind no doubt!
     
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    The pride of Fort Worth. Loved and listen to him a lot. Posted this clip here more than once I'm sure. Wish he'd found some peace in his life, never saw 60. RIP, Rog!

     
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    I always think of Mr. Miller as being from Erick, OK.

    We always pause and reflect, when we're passing through the area on I-40.

    I think he could've been successful in basically any genre you threw him into.
     
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    Dang Me!
     
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    I put him right up there with Mr. Jerry Reed as one of the best all-around musical entertainers ever. He took all those talents: singing, writing, playing etc. and was able to use them to put his songs across to damn near everybody who bothered to listen. And, like the late Robin Williams, Roger could be extremely funny or incredibly thought provoking and empathetic.

     
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    RM was a bright spot in my young life, and certainly a genius.
     
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