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 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 hovels and I can’t stand fences
Don’t fence me in

Those are just part of the lyrics to the song Don’t Fence Me In, originally written in 1934 for the movie, Adios, Argentina.  It was performed by many great artists over the years, including Gene Autry and Bing Crosby.  You have to admit…just reading the lyrics sorta makes you long to saddle up a steed and head out across the vast expanses of the west, doesn’t it?  (Being a westerner at heart, it makes me homesick for the great American west!)

Today’s picture is from 2/1.  We went to Lobby Day in Atlanta to support efforts to stop the sex trafficking of kids in Georgia.  When we were done, we were waiting for our bus and were sitting on a concrete curb with a fence behind us when I turned around and saw this view.  I decided that I needed to shoot it and this is the result.  I like the way the fence reaches skyward…and finds freedom from being earthbound.  If only we could all do the same on occasion!  The fence doesn’t give up, though..and neither should we!

Even fences long for freedom...

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1924, the gas chamber was used for the first time for an execution, as Gee Jon was executed in Nevada for a murder he committed.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in English folklore, Queen Mab was a fairy queen who governed people’s dreams.


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