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The 3rd Time Around
Studio album by Roger Miller
Released 1965
Recorded 1964–1965
Genre Country
Label Smash Records
Professional reviews
Roger Miller chronology
The Return of Roger Miller
The 3rd Time Around
Words and Music

The 3rd Time Around is the third studio album by American country music singer Roger Miller. It was released under the Smash Records label in 1965 (see 1965 in country music). The record reached #1 on the country album charts and #13 on the Billboard 200, his third highest ranking on the pop albums charts, and his only #1 country album.[1]

Four singles were released from the album. In order of release, these were "Engine Engine #9," "One Dyin' and a Buryin'" and "Kansas City Star," all of which peaked in the top 10 on the Country singles chart. "Engine, Engine #9" was also a top 10 crossover hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks as was "Kansas City Star" on the latter chart. The track "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" was also released as a single but did not fare as well. It was later recorded by Eddy Arnold, whose version was a #2 country hit in 1966.[2]

3rd Time was cited as a return to the "honky tonk roots" of Roger Miller.[3]



After releasing material during the two day session that brought forth his debut album, and some of the tracks from The Return of Roger Miller, another album from the extra cuts recorded at the session were compiled with a few other songs to produce The 3rd Time.[4] Miller wrote all twelve of the songs on the album, with assistance from Buddy Killen on "I'll Pick Up My Heart (And Go Home)".

Reception gave the album five stars, lauding it for the "extra effort" put in "to make it sound fresh and different." The publication observed that "at least half of the dozen titles here are among his most famous." The tracks "Swiss Maid," "Big Harlan Taylor" and "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" were cited as presenting a "range of themes and characters" consistent with Miller's "individualistic style." "Kansas City Star" was described as a "rockabilly-flavored classic."[4]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Roger Miller[4]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Engine, Engine #9"     2:18
2. "This Town"     2:02
3. "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me"     2:45
4. "Water Dog"     2:10
5. "I'll Pick up My Heart (And Go Home)"   Buddy Killen, Miller 2:13
6. "Swiss Maid"     2:02
7. "It Happened Just That Way"     1:50
8. "The Good Old Days"     2:13
9. "One Dyin' and a Buryin'"     2:03
10. "Kansas City Star"     2:17
11. "Big Harlan Taylor"     2:05
12. "Swing Low Swingin' Chariot"     1:54


Chart (1965)[5] Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 13


Year Song US Country [6] US [6] US AC [7] CAN UK[8 ]
1965 "Engine, Engine #9" 2 7 2 11 33
1965 "One Dyin' and a Buryin'" 10 34 - - -
1965 "It Just Happened That Way" - 105 - - -
1965 "Kansas City Star" 7 31 3 9 48





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