Right after World War II, the most popular sign all over the country was the 'No Vacancy' sign. Returning veterans and other people as well had a hard time finding a place to live. One night after playing a date, Cliffie Stone and I drove a couple of hundred miles from California looking for a motel to spend the night. Every motel we passed had a 'No Vacancy' sign, and this gave us the idea to write the song.
All along the road of life I roam,
CHORUS: No Vacancy, No Vacancy --
All along the line it's the same old sign waitin' for me.
No Vacancy, No Vacancy --
And my heart beats slower when I read on the door,
Not so long ago when the bullets screamed,
Many was the happy dream I dreamed
Of a little nest where I could rest when the world was free.
Now the mighty war over there is won,
Troubles and trials have just begun
As I face that terrible enemy sign, "No Vacancy."
Brother, if you live a life of ease,
Better take a moment on your knees;
Thank the Lord above for all His love, then think of me,
Livin' in a world of greed and hate,
Hoping ev'ry day the hand of fate
Will remove that sign that's a-hangin' on the door, "No Vacancy."