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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
22187 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 21 Sandia Bill Blue Skies and Green Mountains Blue skies and green mountains In the land of the west, And a home with a true friend That you love and treat best.
22188 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 22 Sandia Bill In Memory of the Best Loved Man In Bethlehem's suburbs In a humble man's barn, in an old rustic manger Among fodder and corn, On a calm starry night, A baby was born.
22189 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 24 Sandia Bill Two Kinds of Wealth My best friend is progressive, He owns many things that are rare; He's a busy prince of finance, He's a multi-millionaire.
22190 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 25 Sandia Bill The Old Miner Up among the gloomy pines Beside a mountain stream A miner one day in a weird way Disturbed another's dream.
22191 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 26 Sandia Bill The Pioneers The pioneer and his wife had only Some flour, two horses, a wagon and a cow. But they were determined to go west, So they started anyhow.
22192 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 27 Sandia Bill Old Santa Fe Santa Fe, how old, how old, How nobly you lie Beneath a field of silver starts That adorn a turquoise sky.
22193 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 28 Sandia Bill The Ghost Town There's a ghost town on the mesa That was made of clay and stones, Where, now, men like greedy coyotes Search for human bones.
22194 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 29 Sandia Bill Remembering The Franciscan Fathers Before them lay a great strange land That was full of grim dangers, But the Franciscan Fathers passed right on With the pluck of Texas Rangers.
22195 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 30 Sandia Bill We We are the livelihood of creation, We inhabit the clouds and deserts of the sky; We are the controlling influence of all suns and planets.
22196 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 30 Sandia Bill Resurrection In gardens, fields, and on the range, There is coming now that pleasant change, Making death seem not so strange.
22197 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 31 Sandia Bill If All Men Should Die Today If all men should die today There would still be day and night, For the lower things at least, Such as bird, bee, and beast.
22198 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 32 Sandia Bill The Rogue's Grave They cursed the rogue, even as he lay dead, As angry men will often do. Then they buried him in a lonely grave Where only weeds and cactus grew.
22199 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 34 Sandia Bill The Shepherd's Tragedy The shepherd tossed upon his pallet, The hour was late, but he could not sleep, For a storm was raging on the desert, And his mind was on his master's sheep.
22200 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 35 Sandia Bill The Eternal Question They say there's a God. Is it so? My answer is, I do not know. Where must I go when I leave here? My answer is, I do not care.
22201 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 36 Sandia Bill The Rewards of Industrious Men Out on a wild and lonely desert In sunny New Mexico A hundred hombres pitched their tents Fifty years ago.
22202 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 39 Sandia Bills A Rose and A Kiss She plucked a rose and kissted it, Then pinned it to my vest, But within an hour I missed it.
22203 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 39 Sandia Bill As We Think Of Them While from grim death He could have fled, Christ used fortitude and faith instead. Firm He was, and He still firmly stood Thus to unite the world in noble brotherhood.
22204 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 40 Sandia Bill A Thought Do you know that mortal man Would grow as hard and cold As an iceburg in Arctic regions A thousand winters old.
22205 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 40 Sandia Bill The Thought I Like Best Of all the grand thoughts this one I like best: There is nothing existent exactly at rest. That old God called "Nature," so enduring and strong, Says to all of his subjects, "Keep moving along."
22206 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 41 Sandia Bill Peace I searched for peace But found it not, Till I found love In a little cot.
22207 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 41 Sandia Bill The Egos Called "We" Why should I take myself so serious? I'm only an atom in our great universe. And there are others, the sages say, Millions and millions of light years away.
22208 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 42 Sandia Bill The Gray-Haired Captain His shoulders were stooped and his hair was gray, But he was one of the bravest of his day. For sixty long years he had sailed the sea. Well, I will tell you the story as it was told to me.
22209 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 43 Sandia Bill Straight-Shootin' Joe The boss hired a cowhand 'bout two years ago, And we cowboys nicknamed him "Straight-Shootin' Joe," 'Cause in fights with hoss-thieves, so thick in the hills, "Straight-Shootin' Joe" furnished the most of the thrills.
22210 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 44 Sandia Bill My Pal We were havin' a cowman's picnic, Back in them wild and woolly days, On the lovely plains of Texas Where the long-horns used to graze.
22211 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 46 Sandia Bill A Little Sermonette Tell yourself, "There's a thing divine, And part of it was made for me, And that part of it shall be mine." Dream, have faith, work and play, See the things that others don't.