DON'T FENCE ME IN (Cole Porter) Lyrics - David Byrne

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Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle underneath the western skies
On my cayuse
Let me wander over yonder till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses
I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
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Don't fence me in


Give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle underneath the western skies
On my cayuse
Let me wander over yonder till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses
I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in
Don't fence me in



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COWBOY'S GOODBYE | Reviewer: FRANKIE RUSSELL | 9/1/14

MY UNCLE WAS A BORN AND BRED COWBOY AND AT HIS FUNERAL IN 1944 THIS SONG WAS SUNG WITH THE WORDS THAT WERE PERFECT FOR THE OCCASION. I LOVE THIS SONG & WAS CHECKING TO SEE IF I REMEMBERED THE LYRICS. I REMEMBERED THEM ALL!

Lose Your Mind | Reviewer: Carolina Moon | 7/2/14

Of course it is lose your mind. Your staring at the moon which helps you go tap into the mythic West that used to be...and is still there in this song.

Essence of losing the West... | Reviewer: Carolina Moon | 7/2/14

Know that a hobble is a restraint put on livestock to keep them from running away. It's just a simple rope knot. He can't look at hobbles because that is what stops you from riding free
Great classic riding song embodying the American spirit. ;)

Completely different with context | Reviewer: Steve | 12/3/13

This song takes on a completely different meaning when you include the first verse, the way Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher wrote it. Almost every recorded version leaves that verse off. The only singer who includes it (that I'm aware of) is Roy Rogers in Hollywood Canteen. Without the first verse, the song is an ode to the wide open spaces of the West. With the first verse ... well, judge for yourself.

Wildcat Willy, looking might pale,
Was standing by the sheriff's side.
And when that sheriff said, "I'm sending you to jail,"
Wildcat raised his head and cried,
"Oh, give me land, lots of land ...

So the song was written as the lament of a cowboy who's being sent to jail and is begging for any punishment but that. "Send me off forever but I ask you please, don't fence me in" -- he can live without people but not without the open sky. It's sadder that way, but a lot more powerful too, I think.

A few comments | Reviewer: Jaime | 9/28/13

Peaches is indeed correct, the word is "hobble" and, yes, it should be "lose" my senses.

BTW, no one was more surprised by the success of this song than Cole Porter. In fact, Porter claimed it was one of his least favorite song he wrote. The producers of "Adios, Argentina" wanted a cowboy song for the 20th Century Fox musical. The song is actually based on a cowboy poem and originally gave create to the author Bob Fletcher. Although, the original poem was rearranged and added to by Porter, there is still much of the original work in the Porter version.

It didn't really become a hit until 10 years after the original film, when it was recycled in Hollywood Canteen (1944) and sung by Roy Rodgers -- within a few years, it had be covered by many of the major vocalist of the time.

Correcting the correction | Reviewer: Peaches | 5/19/13

Ellae, a hobble is a device placed on a horse's legs to keep it from wandering. And it is the word in the original lyrics. If you read about it on Wikipedia, you will see that it fits perfectly with the tone and subject of the song.

Spelling and corrections. | Reviewer: Ellae | 5/7/13

Please note: the line is "gaze at the moon until I lose my senses" . Loose rhymes with goose and it means not tight or snug. Lose means to accidentally be rid of something.

And it's "I can look at hovels and I can't stand fences". Hobble is what you do when you can't walk straight because of injury or pain. A hovel is a small, low cost place to live, often associated with being dirty or part of a slum.

Otherwise... Thank you for the lyrics! I don't always remember them all the way through and appreciate being able to find them, regardless of the minor errors. <3

On "contrary, independent women." | Reviewer: Elizabeth Golemon | 2/24/13

I was in a water aerobics class of about 12 octogenarians when I noticed a strong swelling of voices on this chorus the first time, the second time I turned my head and openly admired the set of their jaws, their upward gaze and get attitude as they firmly
extolled, "Don't Fence Me In!" This was Your Generation, Mary Foster, they have seen much, have lived much and wanted no one to mistake their message either -- as you so aptly put it. Thank you and your entire beautiful generation, we feminists stood on your shoulders and owe your much gratitude for the fortitude.

My Theme Song | Reviewer: Mary Foster | 11/14/12

I have loved this song since I was a child, and I am 78 right now. This song has been my theme song all my life. I'm a contrary, independant woman and I will not tolerate anyone trying to possess or control me. Just let me be me!



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