Queen of the House by Jody Miller

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Queen of the House by Jody Miller

Jody Miller, who sand "Queen of the House"

You’ve heard the song “King of Road” by Roger Miller, of course, well, here is “Queen of the House” by Jody Miller. An “answer song” is a song responding or somehow related to a previous song by another artist. An example is Dodie Stevens singing “Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight” to Elvis’ impassioned question “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” Answer songs aren’t usually hits of the same magnitude that the original songs were, but one that came closer than most is “Queen of the House,” sung by Jody Miller. Released in 1965, the song is based on Roger Miller’s monster #1 hit from early 1965, “King of the Road.” Oddly, Jody Miller and Roger Miller aren’t related; their only connection to each other is through these songs. “Queen of the House” uses the same melody as “King of the Road” (and Roger is credited). But while Roger was singing of a free-and-easy vagabond life, Jody sings of the domestic bliss and blues that fill her days. The lyrics were written by Mary Taylor.

“Queen of the House” peaked at #12 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 and #5 on the country singles chart. Jody won a Grammy award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” for the song in 1966. It was some of that odd pop music in the Sixties.

Jody Miller was born Myrna Joy Miller in 1941 in Phoenix, Arizona. She began her career in the early 1960s in Oklahoma as a folk singer. She moved to L.A .and was discovered by Western TV star Dale Robertson (e.g., Tales of Wells Fargo, Iron Horse, Death Valley Days). She secured a contract with Capital and had some success. “Queen of the House” was her biggest hit, although she charted several other records in the Sixties and Seventies.

Jody’s country-flavored pop style helped establish that crossover sound, which singers such as Linda Ronstadt and Anne Murray also popularized. Jody semi-retired in the 1980s but re-emerged as a Christian music artist. She was inducted into the International Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998. She lives in Oklahoma, performs occasionally, and probably is still queen of her abode.

Here are the lyrics to “Queen of the House” by Jody Miller (and the video is a hoot):

“Up every day at six
Bacon and eggs to fix
Four kids from one to four
Pretty soon there’ll be one more.

I got old floors to wax and scrub
And there’s a dirty old ring in the tub
I’ll get a maid someday
But till then I’m queen of the house.

No time to fix my hair
Need a new dress to wear
Old clothes will have to do
’Cause kids all need new shoes.

I got bridge club each Tuesday night
He goes out with the boys and gets tight
But when the evening’s through he comes a home
To the queen of the house.

I know the milkman, the iceman they come every day
They give me tips on the horses to play
And when I got the time to spare
I sit and wish that I’d picked a rich millionaire.

I sing up every day at six
Bacon and eggs to fix
Four kids from one to four
Pretty soon there’ll be one more.

Oh, by Sundays I’m mighty glad
We send the kids to his mom and dad
It’s the day that makes me glad
I’m queen of the house.

Up every day at six
Bacon and eggs to fix
Four kids from one to four
Pretty soon there’ll be one more.

But Sundays I’m mighty glad
We send the kids to his mom and dad
It’s the day that makes me glad
I’m queen of the house
Queen of the house.”

"Queen of the House" by Jody Miller

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Many thanks for this article to Rick Balian, who is a guest blogger for Pass the Paisley. He is an award-winning playwright who grew up on the wrong side of the ’60s (the ’70s). He still marvels at the diversity, inventiveness, and energy of music from then and wonders if it will ever be matched. He’s randomly optimistic that it will.

Rick Balian
Rick Balian
Rick Balian is an award-winning playwright who grew up on the wrong side of the ’60s (the ’70s). He still marvels at the diversity, inventiveness, and energy of music from then and wonders if it will ever be matched. He’s randomly optimistic that it will.

3 Comments

  1. […] to “King of the Road” from a woman’s point of view, please click here for “Queen of the Road” by Jody Miller (strangely enough, no relation to […]

  2. jennmcmusic says:

    Jody Miller masterfully handles “Queen of the House” by singing it straight, rather than hamming it up. Make no mistake, she is a vocal craftswoman. Check out some of her other recordings. I’d wager she is one of the best yet most underrated vocalists of her era. Thanks for featuring Jody!

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