In Reply to: ..., will travel posted by Smokey Stover on November 11, 2009 at 15:10:
: : I am interested in the phrase of "have _____, will travel". what is the origin and what does it mean? Thanks
: This sounds very American. I can't remember a good example, but advertising that you "Have ......, will travel," was part of an effort to find employment, especially during the Great Depression in the U.S. I think the blank was filled in with some sort of tools of a trade, although "car" is a possibility. Like many stock phrases (see below) it stuck in the public mind and was sometimes repeated for humorous effect.
It was the name of a radio and a television show, "Have Gun, Will Travel."
Have Gun, Will Travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
His fast gun for hire head's the calling wind.
A soldier of fotune is the man called Paladin.
Where do you roam?
Far, far from home.
Title: "Have Gun Will Travel"
Written By: Johnny Western, Richard Boone & Sam Rolfe
Performed By: Johnny Western