“Don’t Fence Me In” is a popular American song written in 1934, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
Roy Rogers sang it in the 1944 Warner Bros. movie Hollywood Canteen. Many people heard the song for the first time when Kate Smith introduced it on her radio broadcast of October 8, 1944.
In 1945, the song was sung again as the title tune of another Roy Rogers film, Don’t Fence Me In (1945), in which Dale Evans plays a magazine reporter who comes to Roy Rogers’ and Gabby Whittaker’s (George “Gabby” Hayes) ranch to research her story about a legendary late gunslinger. When it’s revealed that Whittaker is actually the supposedly dead outlaw, Rogers must clear his name. Rogers and The Sons of the Pioneers perform songs, including the Cole Porter title tune.
The next year (1946), the Cole Porter biopic Night and Day used a clip from Hollywood Canteen of Rogers singing “Don’t Fence Me In.”