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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 33 Carlos Ashley Bowie's Bones Did you come to visit the Mission? Well, stranger, I'll show you around; They've got a museum in there in that room, But they's more things outside they ain't found. James Bowie, Jim Bowie, Alamo, Lost Bowie Mine, San Saba Mission, Indian mound, skeleton, humor
2 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 32 Carlos Ashley Said the Hoot Owl to the Hen Hawk Said the Hoot Owl to the Hen Hawk: "Let's you and me agree | That you will work the dayshift | And leave the night to me. chickens, barnyard
3 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 31 Carlos Ashley The Cedar-Whack The North wind howls like a timber wolf; As it snaps at the flappin door; On the duckin shack of the cedar-whack; And his kids on the damp dirt floor. making a living, wood, survival
4 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 30 Carlos Ashley Luck A lucky boy am I to have; A wife so sweet and comely, While pore old Bill, he's got a wife; Who's mean as hell -- and homely. married life, marriage, humor
5 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 27 Carlos Ashley Aunt Cordie You never did know Aunt Cordelia? They's a gap missin outa your life! religion, drink, heathens, church, heaven and hell, humor, revival, pallbearers
6 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 26 Carlos Ashley For Politicians We need a little padlock; With a red light and a bell; To hang upon the blabber-mouth; We use for "playin hell." talk, words, politics
7 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 25 Carlos Ashley South of the Cap Rock Oh, bury me South of the Cap Rock; Halfway to the Rio Grande, Where the eagles sail; O'er the Spanish Trail; And the tall pecan trees stand. Texas, plateau, bride, lover, Llano
8 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 24 Carlos Ashley Science--Romance We studied shells on the beach today; And noted each shape and kind -- The fossils of starfish, suspecting and crabs. ocean, waves, sand, seashell
9 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 23 Carlos Ashley So-Long I dream again of the days agone; When I rode these hills with a six-gun on, When I was young and the range was free, And a rawhide saddle was home to me; In the days agone. passing of an age, aging, death, wolf, wolves
10 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 22 Carlos Ashley Texan's Code If I berate or cuss your friend -- and whether wrong or right -- Defend him on the instant; If you have to start a fight. Texas, friendship
11 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 21 Carlos Ashley True Livin I've had the opportunity; To contrast and compare; A lot of towns and cities; And the folks a-livin' there. city, friends, land, country
12 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 19 Carlos Ashley Oh, Where Is That River? Oh, where is that river Pa told me about; When I left for the Pecos this spring? I Texas, squatter, death, water, desert
13 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 17 Carlos Ashley Ole Edgar Martin I seen Ole Edgar Martin a-ridin by jus now; He's goin up to Walker's to get that bald-faced cow. neighbors, meat, Bigg's Meat Market, feeble-minded, help
14 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 9 Carlos Ashley That Spotted Sow or The Ballad of Cedar Mountain Did you ever hear the story; Of that famous hog of mine? hog, pig, Ole Spot, Sandy Creek
15 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 14 Carlos Ashley The Widder It gits kinda lonesome out on the divide; With never a woman around, So about twice a year I saddle Ole Bell; And ride down the canyon to town. women, marriage, proposal, widow, home cooking, pastor, preacher, bachelor
16 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 35 Carlos Ashley The King of the County Fair A chestnut foal on tremblin legs; Is nudgin his mother's thigh, While Old Trav lolls in the stable shade; And stares with a dreamy eye. June Bug, race tracks, horses, Texas, race horse, champion, racing
17 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 37 Carlos Ashley The Substitute Oh, the honor and the glory; That the football heroes get; Is well deserved -- they battle hard. athlete
18 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 38 Carlos Ashley Duty If our home town needs improving, As they all most surely do, Well, that's you and you and you and me -- We need improving, too. neighbors, friends, civic duty, pride
19 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 39 Carlos Ashley A Sermon I've done a lot of thinkin; On the vanity and sin; Of the things folks deem important; In this world we're living in. religion, Christianity, education, humility, values, honesty
20 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 41 Carlos Ashley Old Blue I dreamt I was a kid again --The world was bright and new; Beside me lay my target-gun; And my faithful hound -- Old Blue. dog, hound, coon, hunting
21 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 43 Carlos Ashley Values Oh, the glamour and the clamor; That attend affairs of state; Seem to fascinate the rabble; And impress some folks as "great." politics
22 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 44 Carlos Ashley Blacksnake Bill When the shadows of the evenin softly stroll across the hills, And the fever of the busy day is done; When the flamin fires of sunset quietly smolder into night, And the stars report for duty, one by one. memories, childhood, Texas, Llano, San Saba, Cherokee, wagon, freighter, freight
23 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 47 Carlos Ashley The Big Convention There are many wholesome pleasures; That delight the human soul -- For simple beauties in this world abound. singing bee, dinner, song, food, mixed quartette, mixed quartet, chorus, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder I'll Be There, convention
24 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 49 Carlos Ashley Service If the road is rough and rocky as this life we journey through, Then we ought to take a little time to move a rock or two. friendship
25 That Spotted Sow & Other Hill Country Ballads FC 11 A-03 49 Carlos Ashley I Built My House Upon a Hill I built my house upon a hill; That I might search horizons far; To find my vagrant spirit lost; Upon some dim, unchristened star. god, closeness to god