Squirrels are meant to run free in the trees and to roam the fields burying their nuts. I cannot imagine being locked up in a cage.
In the same way, I have sometimes read historical accounts of the terrible effect of Native American Indians being forced to live on tiny reservations or worse being thrown in prison. They did not thrive. Used to the freedom of roaming the great plains, the open desert or the green forests, they died spiritually, mentally and sometimes physically when denied that freedom.
Those accounts have always resonated with my own soul. I cannot imagine being locked into a tiny space without freedom to come and go. I would not thrive in prison. Solitary confinement for any length of time would probably be the death of me. I need to see the sun, feel the breeze, smell the flowers and hear the song of the birds.
Why this rather “morbid” thoughts? I assure you it is not because I am on the verge of being incarcerated for some heinous crime. Rather, I was watching a TV show which raised the issue of whether solitary confinement should be considered an inhumane practice which serves no purpose but makes prison inmates even more mentally imbalanced and anti-social. What do you think?
Anyway, this gave me the excuse to post this video version of “Don’t fence me in” by David Byrne. The song was written by Cole Porter in 1934 but the lyrics had been based on a poem by Robert Fletcher who was an engineer who roamed the open spaces of Montana as part of his job with the Department of Highways. The song first made it big in public in 1944 when sung by Roy Rogers (who appears in this video) in the movie, Hollywood Canteen. It was also recorded that same year by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters.
I like the sentiment behind the lyrics, I like this version of the song and I like the video. Hope you enjoy this too.Vodpod videos no longer available.