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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
201 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 28 Elliott S. Barker Dream Prompters Some dreams that we have are real hard to explain, To figure them out almost drives us insane. electric blanket, dream,
202 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 29 Elliott S. Barker Ramifications The ram ran off of a high, high cliff; And landed square on his head ka-biff. ewe, U-turn, humor, sheep
203 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 30 Elliott S. Barker The Lion Hunter A lion's been there, I see his fresh scrape, And dogs are all off on his trail in full cry. mountain lion, dog
204 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 31 Elliott S. Barker A Good Example My wife and I took a horseback fishing trip, Our granddaughter, Cindy, went along. litterbug
205 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 29 Elliott S. Barker When Your Number is Called I am inherently afraid to fly. fear of flying, death, humor
206 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 32 Elliott S. Barker Grace or Invocation Oh, Lord, Creator of heaven and earth and all things therein and thereon, we ask Thy blessing upon this food for the nourishment of our bodies. prayer, religion
207 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 33 Elliott S. Barker Our Part in Prayer At eight, to set a fish line out, I taught my son, And twice when we returned we'd caught a splendid one. fishing, bait, hook
208 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 34 Elliott S. Barker Why Do I Believe in God? Just why do I believe in God, you ask. religion, belief
209 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 35 Elliott S. Barker Learn to Live with Nature America, a land or rich resources, Was one vast, lovely, pristine wilderness; Until the white man came, with all his forces, And conquered her with shameful wastefulness. conservation, natural resources
210 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 11 S. Omar Barker Jest Plain Ol' Cowboy! He wears a sixgun, cusses cows, Gits drunk an' raises Hades -- But in a crowded bus he bows; An' gives his seat to ladies. cowboy code
211 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 12 S. Omar Barker The Man on Hossback In summer or spring, boys, in winter or fall, A feller on foot, boys, ain't no man at all! cowboy
212 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 13 S. Omar Barker Free Rider Spurs for my heels, a pinto horse, and knee-rub-bed saddle leather, A prairie trail for easy loping speed, Chaps for my legs, a rope to swing -- what matter wealth or weather? gear, spurs, horse, saddle, leather
213 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 15 S. Omar Barker Hot Ir'n! The thumpin' sound o' hosses' hoofs, the clack o' runnin' cows, The song o' loopin' lassos on the swing, The smell o' cedar fire, an' then to make yer pulses rouse. branding iron
214 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 26 S. Omar Barker The Cycle of Sudden Death "And Canna begot Zidon--" so old Hebrew cycles ran: Out in the West where hate bred hate each killer got his man. dug his grave too small, John Jones, Ollinger, Billy the Kid, Bonney, Pat Garrett, murder, killing
215 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 25 S. Omar Barker One Reason Some envies million-heirs an' dudes, An' even office clerks, Who draws a lot of money fer; The little time they works. punching cattle, occupation, income tax
216 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 24 S. Omar Barker What It Takes to Make One Oh, I am jack of many trades, the master of but one, And folks that knows the nature of my callin', Can understand just how my work ain't never through nor done. cowboy, occupation
217 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 15 S. Omar Barker Tall Man Standing This is a song that the night birds sing; As the phantom herds trail by.
218 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 16 S. Omar Barker The Tie-Fast Man This is the way of the tie-fast men, Where the unpenned cattle graze.
219 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 17 S. Omar Barker Cowboy Ridin' I've rode where it's wet, I've rode where it's dry, I've rode the low country and also the high.
220 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 18 S. Omar Barker Pants Polisher They asked me "What's a saddle?"
221 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 20 S. Omar Barker Big Windies They asked me "What's a windy?"
222 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 23 S. Omar Barker Sometimes Serious There ain't no other breed of man around the world and back; That jokes as free as cowboys do, but still it is a fact.
223 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 24 S. Omar Barker Cowboy's Complaint I wouldn't be a cowboy for a skunk-boat full of gold!
224 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 25 S. Omar Barker Ol' Snoozy Schmidt A sleepin' fool was Snoozy Schmidt, The snorin' cowboy wonder.
225 Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) Jodie and Bob Phillips FC 11 B-44 26 S. Omar Barker Code of the Cow Country It don't take sech a lot o' laws; To keep the rangeland straight.