Saturday, July 14, 2007

Don't Fence Me In

CMT is running a show on the top 20 cowboy songs. Songs like Don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys by Waylon and Willie. And the Dixie Chicks Cowboy take me away. And Cool Water by the Sons of the Pioneers.

But my all time favorite cowboy song isn't on the list. Gene Autry has two on the list, Home on the Range and Back in the Saddle Again.

When I was a kid, a very young kid, I had a little green plastic 45 rpm record with Gene Autry singing Don't Fence me in.

I played it over and over. That song really spoke to me, even when I was as young as 5. I'd sit on the floor in my room, put that record on and play it. Then I'd have to lift it up and put it back on the record changer and hit the switch again to play it a second time.

Listen to it.

I have no idea what that song said to me. But it said something, and when I was 5 I knew what it was.

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