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DON'T FENCE ME IN Originally written for the unproduced film "Adios Argentina" (1934) From the film "Hollywood Canteen" (1944) (Robert Fletcher / Cole Porter) Roy Rogers - 1944 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - 1944 Frank Sinatra - 1944 Sammy Kaye - 1945 Kate Smith - 1945 Horace Heidt & His Orch. (vocals: Gene Walsh & The Sweetswingsters) - 1945 Gene Autry - 1945 Louis Armstrong - 1948 Ella Fitzgerald - 1956 Mitch Miller - 1958 Dick Curless - 1959 Ray Conniff Singers - 1961 Dave Dudley - 1968 Grady Tate - 1968 Riders In The Sky - 1977 Mary McCashlin -1977 Willie Nelson & Leon Russell - 1979 Rosemary Clooney - 1990 David Byrne - 1991 Lorrie Morgan & Roy Rogers - 1991 Lynn Anderson - 1992 Susan McCorkle - 1994 Tom Morrell & The Time Warp Tophands - 1995 Lari White - 1996 Harry Connick Jr - 1997 Cowboy Envy - 1999 Paula West - 1999 Holly Cole Trio - 2000 Rim Rock Ramblers - 2000 Gary Nichols - 2000 Courtney Day - 2002 Todd Murray - 2002 Asleep At The Wheel - 2003 Also recorded by: Frankie Laine; Moe Bandy, Dean Martin; Tommy Edwards; Mildred Bailey; Boston Pops; Buck Howdy; Steve Goodman; Vaughan Monroe; Acker Bilk; Sons Of The Pioneers; Chas & Dave; Nickel Creek; Dinah Shore; Pete Seeger; Sydney Devine; Jim Owen. Wildcat Kelly, lookin' mighty pale Was standin' by the Sherriff's side And when that Sherriff said, "I'm sending you to jail" Wildcat raised his head and cried 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 I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in Wilcat Kelly, back in town again Was standin' by his Sweetheart's side And when his Sweetheart said, "Come on, let's settle down" Wildcat raised his head and cried 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 I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Bing Crosby: 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 Andrews Sisters: 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 BC: 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 AS: Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies 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 AS: Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle Underneath the western skies, Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo_Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo BC: On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder Till I see the mountains rise All: Ba-Boo-Ba-Ba-Bo ALL: 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 AS: No-oh All: Poppa, don't you fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Frankie Laine 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 wanna 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 open spaces 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 wanna 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 So don't fence me in Oh no Poppa don't you fence me in Oh yeah ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: The Ray Conniff Singers Wildcat Kelly, lookin' kind of pale Was standing by the sheriff's side And when the sheriff said, "I'm sending you to jail" Wildcat raised his head and cried: 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 evening breeze Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever, but I ask you please Don't fence me in Just turn him loose, let him straddle in his saddle Underneath the western skies (That's right) (No ties) On his cayuse, let him wander over yonder Till he sees the mountains rise (And what a sight) (Up in the skies) I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in Wildcat Kelly, back again in town Was sittin' by his sweetheart's side And when his sweetheart said, "Come on, let's settle down", Wildcat raised his head and cried: 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 evening breeze Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever, but I ask you please Don't fence me in Oh, don't (Tall in the saddle) Fence (He's herdin' cattle) Me in Wildcat Kelly, we never seen him round (Don't fence me in) Wildcat Kelly, he never comes to town (Don't fence me in) Wildcat Kelly, he never settled down (Don't fence me in) Wildcat Kelly on the prairie ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Sons Of The Pioneers 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 Listenin' 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 Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses 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 ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Louis Armstrong Well, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above But don't fence me in Let me ride through that wide open country that I love Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze 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 Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses I don't like hobbles and I can't stand fences 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 that ole moon until I lose my senses I can't stand them hobbles and I don't care for fences Don't fence me in Oh no...don't you fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Holly Cole Ah, 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 Just let me be by myself in the evening breeze I'll listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask you please Oh, don't fence me in Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle Underneath those western skies, oh yeah On my cayuse, let me wander over yonder Till I see the mountains rise I want to ride to the ridges where the west commences Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Oh don't, 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 ridges where the west commences I'll gaze at the moon till I lose my senses I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences Oh, don't fence me in, ahhhh Oh, don't fence me in, yeah Ah don't, don't fence me in, ahhhh Oh don't, oh don't fence me in now Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Don't fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Sammy Kaye Wildcat Kelly, looking kind of pale Was standing at the Sheriff's side And when the Sheriff said "I am sending you to jail" Wildcat threw back his head and cried Just 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' breezes Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood treezes Send me off forever, and I'll ask you please Don't fence me in Just turn me loose, let me straddle my ol' saddle Underneath a western sky 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 'til I lose my senses Can't handle hobbles, and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in Wildcat Kelly back in town again Was standing at his sweethearts side, And when his sweetheart said, "C'mon, let's stop and settle down" Wildcat threw back his head and cried Just 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' breezes Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood treezes Send me off forever and I'll ask you please Don't fence me in Just turn me loose, let me straddle my ol' saddle Underneath a western sky 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 'til I lose my senses Can't handle hobbles, and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in Don't fence me in I said a-don't fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: Harry Connick Jr. Wildcat Kelly, lookin' mighty pale Was standin' by the Sherriff's side And when that Sherriff said, "I'm sending you to jail" Wilscat raised his head and cried 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 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 Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences 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 c-c-commences Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses I can't stand hobbles and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in, don't fence me in Wildcat Kelly, back again in town Was sittin' by his Sweetheart's side When his Sweetheart said, "C'mon, let's settle down" Wildcat raised his head and cried Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Don't fence me in ****** ALTERNATE VERSION: Mitch Miller Oh, give me land, lots o' 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 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 wanna 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 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 wanna 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 Don't fence me in Don't fence me in ***** ALTERNATE VERSION: David Byrne 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 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 loose my senses I can`t look at hobbles and I can`t stand fences Don`t fence me in, don`t fence me in 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 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 loose 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 ***** (Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - December 2003)

    


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