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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1802 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 110 Robert V. Carr To Dance with Her To dance with her rounds-up such bliss. dance, bliss, touch, love, courtship
1803 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 111 Robert V. Carr Speakin' of Arms I uster think that arms was made. arms, holding, hug, love, affection
1804 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 112 Robert V. Carr The Tryst I've ridden since the day throwed back. courtship, love, romance, secret meeting, longing
1805 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 114 Robert V. Carr Jes' A-Foolin' She says to me, "I wish you would jes' quit all time a-teasin' me. tease, flirt, courtship
1806 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 115 Robert V. Carr Real Affection If I could say the words I think. broken heart, smile, affection
1807 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 116 Robert V. Carr A Cowboy's Resolution I holds a tight rope on conviction. resolve, bachelor, attraction
1808 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 117 Robert V. Carr Bashfulness Oh, say, I'd like to tell her that I love her like the breeze loves the leaves. bashful, communication, love, shy
1809 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 118 Robert V. Carr Trail Song Little girl, back in the town. love, dreams, infatuation, love song
1810 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 119 Robert V. Carr An' A Two-Step's What They Play A little queen in calico. smile, wiles, dance, two-step, love, girlfriend
1811 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 120 Robert V. Carr Partiality You can sing about the glory of the summer sunset skies. girlfriend, maiden, love
1812 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 121 Robert V. Carr A Romance of the Range She's been out here a-teachin' this winter now that's past. teacher, school marm, love, girlfriend, confession of love, heartache
1813 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 123 Robert V. Carr An Ode to the Slow Horse Oh, now that sleyin' time is here an' weather is jes' boss. sleigh, slow horse, sparking
1814 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 125 Robert V. Carr True Love Oh, true love don't ne'er stampede at what folks think or say. waitress, love, courtship
1815 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 127 Robert V. Carr Time's Heavy Hand She was jes' a little granger an' her folks lived on Elk crick. courtship, buggy, girlfriend, Sunday clothes, clothing
1816 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 129 Robert V. Carr Plato Disputed When two folks love each other it hain't no earthly use. love, Plato, halfway house
1817 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 130 Robert V. Carr When She Goes to Get the Mail She hain't got any dimunds nor a rustlin' lot o' silk. complexion, mail, longing, parting, face
1818 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 132 Robert V. Carr The Princess of Desire Lem Scobey, of the Flying V, tells out the tale one night to me. desire, infatuation, smitten, courting, Raltons, Sheriff Ben, duty, death, tears, epic, courtship
1819 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 140 Robert V. Carr The Man You Couldn't Get You can cry and you can try to the very day you die. unrequited love, broken heart, breaking up, jilted, heartache, memories
1820 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 142 Robert V. Carr Sary When Sary waves her hand to me. wave, joy, smile, goodby, parting
1821 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 143 Robert V. Carr A Lothario of the Range If Love won't come to me today. love, frustration, girlfriend
1822 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 145 Robert V. Carr Boy, Will You Care? Onct, twilight time, we's out an' she jes' looks away -- away from me. sunset, aging, love, future
1823 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 151 Robert V. Carr Green Prairies Green prairies, green prairies all drenched in the rain. prairie, light, shadow
1824 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 152 Robert V. Carr The Ranch House Upon the logs a wolf hide hangs. home, house, family, baby
1825 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 153 Robert V. Carr The Spring Roundup A world of dust peopled by strange shapes that whirl and plunge and rear. roundup, work, occupation, rest
1826 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 154 Robert V. Carr The Camp's Asleep The camp's asleep and thro' the gloom. camp, night, sleep, wagon, covered wagons