Don’t Fence Me Out

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’ breezes
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in.
– Robert Fletcher & Cole Porter

In today’s world, even in the wide open country that I love, being fenced out seems to be a bigger challenge than being fenced in.

Chain-link fence in foreground; desert in background.

Southern Arizona


Rusty fence in foregroun; copper pit in background.

Bisbee AZ


Chain-link fence with no trespassing sign

Bisbee AZ


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7 Responses to Don’t Fence Me Out

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Echoes of Roy Rogers and Ella Fitzgerald.

    Different kind of times now, I guess.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – While I understand those that keep people from falling into abandoned pit mines, I was surprised to see the fence that seemed to keep people in a rest stop from wandering out into desert (even just a few yards to take a vista photo unencumbered by fence). Private property on the other side? Maybe.

  2. Ian Hepher says:

    Yes, and Ian Tyson’s version of “Home on the Range”, which is by far the most nostalgic rendition of that old western song. To me at least.

    Speaking of Ian…might I suggest him as a possible National Treasure, if you haven’t already included him?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Ian Tyson holds down #40 on this list. But get your suggestions in – we only have 19 spots still available.

  3. Jim Taylor says:

    Robert Frost’s poem about “Good fences do good neighbours make” doesn’t really promote fences, but questions their value. In our neighbourhood, the orchards and vineyards have all put up eight-foot fences to keep the deer out. Driving up the road to our house feels like entering a medium security prison. And they don’t keep the deer out, because someone always leaves a gate open-end then the deer are in, not out, and can’t get out, and would rather stay in anyway where they can browse on fresh green shoots…. I can’t help thinking about a White House that wants to build fences — he seems unable to comprehend that the same fence that would keep Mexicans out also serves (figuratively, at least) to keep Americans in.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – Yes, I’m sometimes unsure who’s being kept in, and who out. But I sympathize with folks trying to control their borders. The “how” is another matter.

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