Don’t Fence Me In

Wildcat Kelly was lookin’ mighty pale
Standin by the sheriff’s side
When that sheriff said I’m taking 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 spaces that I love
don’t fence me in
I want to 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 me loose and let me wander over yonder
where the purple mountains rise
On my kayoose let me straddle my old saddle
underneath the western skies

I want to ride to the range when the west commences
Howl at the moon ’til I lose my senses
I won’t look at hobbles and I can’t stand fences
don’t fence me in