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I happen to find this publicity stunt both beautiful and somehow saddening.

What’s happened to DON’T FENCE ME IN?

 (Cole Porter)

 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
 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
 And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
 And I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences
 Don't fence me in

 Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies, 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
 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
 And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
 And I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences
 Don't fence me in, no
 Pop, oh don't you fence me in

I myself could never decide whether I liked better Willie Nelson’s or David Byrne’s version of the song Don’t fence me in (I guess that happens when you have a red neck covered with a white collar).

What’s your favorite version?


From Wikipedia:
Originally written for an unproduced 20th Century Fox film musical, Adios Argentina, in 1934, “Don’t Fence Me In” was based on text by an engineer who was also a poet, Robert (Bob) Fletcher. Cole bought the poem from Bob Fletcher for $250 and adapted it. When the song was first published, Porter was credited with sole authorship, but he had essentially re-worked the poem written earlier by Fletcher. Fletcher, who worked with the Department of Highways in Helena, Montana, also wrote the “roadside history” plaques that were displayed along Montana’s highways until the 1980s. Fletcher sold the song/poem to Porter when Porter had been asked to write a cowboy song for the film. Porter had wanted to give Fletcher co-authorship credit, but his publishers did not allow that. Later, after the song became very popular, Fletcher hired attorneys who negotiated his being given co-authorship credit in subsequent publications.
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Franklin @ December 28, 2007

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