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Thread #34307   Message #3326020
Posted By: Genie
20-Mar-12 - 09:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Don't Fence Me In (Cole Porter)
Subject: RE: Origins: Don't Fence Me In (Porter, Fletcher)
I just noticed that, at least as of today, Wikipedia's article about Don't Fence Me In claims that the Bob Fletcher poem that Porter bought appears "to be 'Open Range', contained in his 1934 book Coral Dust" and that the only part of that poem that Cole Porter used was the line 'And turn me loose on my cayuse, But please don't fence me in', unless Porter somehow gleaned "other material from the book."

I'd like to find references to the sources that cite Fletcher's full original poem, as well as the report that he signed his copyright over to Porter (and Porter's publishers) originally with the stipulation that the original title, "Don't Fence Me In," must be retained.

Apparently, what is now written on the Wikipedia page is incorrect - not to mention that there is no mention whatsoever of the song having had verses, which have been seldom been recorded (at least by the big studios).