This song is about moving out of a house that is pumped full of bad memories. Nick Lowe told The Huffington Post
that it is not autobiographical in any way: "One day driving along, I saw that written up, 'House for sale.' It's a phrase you see everywhere, all the time - not particularly because of the times we're living in at the moment, but just in ordinary day-to-day living, you see that phrase. One day, it just struck me that it had some melody to it, and I thought that it could be fun to hang a little song around it. It's a very straightforward song without any hidden meaning in it, and it's certainly not autobiographical. I don't really do too much autobiographical stuff. I know what I'm writing about, but I don't put my diary to music, if you know what I'm talking about."