Don't Fence Me In


Written by:  Cole Porter

From the Film:  Hollywood Canteen  (1944)



O give me land, lots of land, and the starry skies above, don't fence me in.

Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, don't fence me in.

O let me be by myself in the evening 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 and I'll straddle on my saddle underneath the western skies.

On my cayoose let me wander over yonder till I see the mountains rise.

O let me ride to the ridge where the West commences,

Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses,

Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences, don't fence me in.