Chorus: 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 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, 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.
[Repeat from the bridge and then add:]
Poppa don’t you fence me in
Verse: Wild Cat Kelly, back again in town,
Was sitting by his sweetheart’s side
And when his sweetheart said, “Come on, let’s settle down.”
Wild Cat raised his head and cried: