One of the album’s seven new songs, “Vacancy” opens on a choppy guitar riff, while Young sings “Who are you?” / Where are you going? “Then he addresses an old lover:” I look into your eyes and I don’t know what is there / You poison yourself with that long blank stare. ”
Recorded at Young’s Broken Arrow Ranch Studio in January 1975, the track features Stan Szelest on the Wurlitzer organ, Ben Keith on slide guitar, bassist Tim Drummond and Karl T. Himmel on drums.
“Vacancy” follows the single “Try”, another unreleased track he played on tour between 2007 and 2008. He recently performed the title track released in 1977 American Stars ‘N Bars – during his series of home concerts in quarantine.
Young, who recently announced a Bootleg series, abandoned a solo acoustic performance of “Southern Man” in 2019 following mass protests over the police murder of George Floyd. “Have hope,” he wrote in an editorial on his website on Monday. “I feel a change. … We know that black lives matter. My heart goes out to all of our affected black families, so it’s all black families throughout American history. I feel like we’re turning a corner. All together, all the colors in the street. We know that our mission is the right one for America and for humanity. “