Don't Fence Me In

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Lyrics

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don't fence me in

Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don't fence me in

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the Western skies

Let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise

I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide country that I love
Don't fence me in

Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in!

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the Western skies
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

On my Cayuse
Let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise
Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba

I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
And gaze at the moon 'til I lose my senses
I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in
No, Papa, don't you fence me in


Credits

Performances

This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he performed it as an informal duet with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the 2008-11-06 episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

Recordings

  • Edward Nell with the Foursome Quartet, 1935
  • Roy Rogers, in the film Hollywood Canteen, 1944
  • Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, 1944
  • Frank Sinatra, 1944
  • Gene Autry, 1945
  • Louis Armstrong, 1948
  • Ella Fitzgerald, on Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook, 1956
  • Eddy Arnold, on A Dozen Hits, 1956
  • Mitch Miller, on Sing Along With Mitch, 1958
  • The Ray Conniff Singers, on Somebody Loves Me, 1961
  • James Brown, on Reality, 1974
  • Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, on One For The Road, 1979
  • David Byrne, on Red Hot + Blue, 1990
  • Rosemary Clooney, on For The Duration, 1991
  • Harry Connick Jr., on 30, 2001
  • and many more

Bootlegs

  • none

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