Friday, July 20, 2007

Don't Fence Me In



This was a monster hit for Bing and the Andrews Sisters during WWII. Bing entered the studio on July 25, 1944, without having seen nor heard the song. Within 30 minutes he recorded the song, which then sold more than a million copies and topped the billboard charts for 8 weeks in 1944-45.

Don't Fence Me In

Written by 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 cant look at hobbles and I cant 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 hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in.
No. Poppa, dont you fence me in.

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful song and thank you for the history. I did not know that xoxox Clarice

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  2. I love it, I love it, I love it!

    SC

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  3. If only they'd have lyrics like that nowadays...sigh...

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  4. Thanks for coming to visit and for the hen advice. This song had always been one of my mum's favourites but she was always a little sad with it as well because for some reason it reminded her of the poor soldiers in the Japanese POW camps in WWII, it must have been popular around that time.

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  5. A great song, an interesting story and a perfect accompanying photo. Such lovely harmony. I could listen to this all day... They just don't make 'em like they used to!

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  6. History is so eye opening of the events of the times. The men in battle and all coming home. Oh ya the fence less freedoms of our country

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  7. I had no idea that Bing Crosby didn't know the song when he recorded it! Wow! I love that song too, the lyrics are wonderful, fun and clever and meaningful. Who writes like that nowadays!

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  8. very nice.
    debbie

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  9. Beautiful picture, Jody!

    Debbie

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  10. Pussman, this is one of my favorites too! Glad you're enjoying your visit here.

    Jody

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