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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
22010 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 40 Andy Nelson Clyde the Destroyer I see some birdies, all kinds of purties, and shooting stars about my head; I've way too much pain, this side of my brain, for me to be peacefully dead. I sure met my match, there in the weed patch, an eighteen-hand Belgian warrior.
22011 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 47 Andy Nelson Full Nelson Shoeing We are the guys that your mothers despise, they don't care for the things we're doing; We just shoe horses, have no resources we're the men of the Full Nelson Shoeing!
22012 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 53 Andy Nelson Sensitivity Training My sister informed me I was tactless, she was tired of my complaining; Then she said I was in urgent need of some sensitivity training. She raked me back and forth across the coals like a helpless, roasting weiner.
22013 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 59 Andy Nelson A Farrier's Toast May your anvil be tempered, your hammers be tight, and your tools not go as loaners; May your horses stand quiet, with never a bite, I wish the same for their owners. May your trainers be kind, and they never reprove, at home and to far distant lands.
22014 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 64 Andy Nelson A Cow's Tail Tale The winters grow old, and stay very cold, on the Green where John runs his cows; When one turned up sick, he brought her in quick, to doctor as spare time allows.
22015 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 73 Andy Nelson The Best Things in Life I saw an old friend yesterday, a pard I had not seen in years; We talked about the good old days, and laughed until we were in tears.
22016 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 78 Andy Nelson The Worst One to Buck She chatters my teeth, and rattles my bones, and she is the worst one to buck; She squeals like a pig, she snorts and she moans, and shimmies lilke an old feed truck.
22017 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 83 Andy Nelson Mud Season Whoever said nothing can be certain, only death and taxes are sure; Never spent a spring time in Wyoming, and never had mud to endure.
22018 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 89 Andy Nelson The Man My Dog Thinks I Am I pray I'm the sort of cowboy that folks like to be around; A fellow that helps those in need and picks them up off the ground.
22019 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 97 Andy Nelson Service With A Smile The morning was crisp, the weather was calm, it was time for equine breeding; The stud was ready, the mares were in heat, and we had finished the feeding.
22020 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 104 Andy Nelson Santa's Hired Hand Santa's been busy, runs himself dizzy, each Christmas he falls way behind; So, to help him out, with his western route, he hired a cowboy of some kind.
22021 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 111 Andy Nelson Defining The Endangered Cowboy Quarter-Horse Nuts, Tight Wrangler Butts, and Calvers on cold spring nights; Old Pickup Trucks, a horse that bucks, and Scrappers not afraid of fights. Old West Riders, Up-All-Nighters, and them handy with a rope; Nighthawk Watchers, Gun Handle Notchers, and those who fear bars of soap.
22022 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 117 Andy Nelson Ode to the Running Commode The bunkhouse can be, an absolute sea, of smells and the strangest of sights; But that ain't the worst, the whole place is cursed, with sounds when you turn out the lights. It will encumber, your rest and slumber, and it makes you reach for your robe; It's the bane of man, and a plague that can, test even the patience of Job.
22023 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 125 Andy Nelson My Shoeing Rig My horse shoeing truck is part primer gray, and it is a wonder to behold; I often wonder, will it start today, and what's smoking on the manifold. But it gets me on time to each shoeing gig and though it's lost its original shine; The truth be known...I sure like that rig and it's been paid for since '79.
22024 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 131 Andy Nelson Stubby Higgins' Revenge The unwritten law out here in the West, to which cowboys try to adhere; You don't tease the cook, not even in jest, 'tis the rule of any frontier. Stubby Higgins was our cook at that point, and not the best one around; But at least he worked hard to clean the joint, and never used food off the ground.
22025 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 138 Andy Nelson The Old Crockett Spurs As long as I can remember, the Crockett spurs belonged to Jim; They're modest, yet very complex, and remind me a lot of him.
22026 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 143 Andy Nelson The Bare Facts "Honest Officer, that's no lie," said Billy in pleading his case; The lawman wasn't buying it, and stood with a frown-embossed face.
22027 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 150 Andy Nelson Playing Cowboys and Indians Money sure was tight when we were just kids, 'twas tough but we didn't know it; Our Mother and Dad did the best they could, to provide and not to show it. We had most of the things a child could want, and always had clean clothes to wear; We were mostly neat and were always pressed, and Mom made sure we combed our hair.
22028 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 158 Andy Nelson The Family Cemetery Its fences are broke, the crosses are too, and the whitewash has faded with time; The grass is o'er grown, the weeds have grown new, the aesthetics sure ain't worth a dime. But this is right where my heart wants to be, when it's my time to make that last ride.
22029 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 165 Andy Nelson Hormone Therapy An argument with a woman lit the fuse of Stanley's ire at the yearly debutante and fine arts ball; It didn't take him long to go from the pan right to the fire, and his poor embarrassed wife witnessed it all.
22030 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 171 Andy Nelson Will They Write Songs About Us A Charlie M. Russell sunset, hung suspended in the sky; As I watched my horses grazing, with my cow dog standing by. I hummed a cowboy melody, a tune without frills or fuss; And I wondered if years from now, will they sing songs about us?
22031 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 177 Andy Nelson Thank You for Your Support This is a song of ecological harmony, one with a sympathetic overtone; A song that revels in diversity, we sing of symbiotic Yellowstone. Everything coexists to the smallest fraction, in Yellowstone Park the circle of life has grown. song.
22032 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 186 Andy Nelson A Visit with an Old Friend I could taste the antiseptic, as I wandered throughout the halls; Weaving through wheelchairs and walkers, in search of a name on the walls. Not the best place on earth to live, But was now the humble abode; Of the old U.C. ranch foreman, the man with whom I worked and rode.
22033 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 194 Andy Nelson The Great Ones The perfect farrier cannot be found, but great ones are worth more than gold; They are not judged by the outfits they wear, or the pickups they drive, I'm told. How one behaves before nailing the shoe, often shows his level of skill.
22034 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 202 Andy Nelson Morning My world is gently awakened to the glow of a brand new day, as the moonlight falls prisoner to the dawn; Morning is quietly welcomed, with the glint of a twilight ray, and soon the shadows of sunrise will be gone.