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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
22362 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 4 Ed Fields Gentle Breeze I can understand the heat, I can understand the cold But I've at times wondered, about the wind so bold
22363 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 5 Ed Fields Driving a Loomix Through Without a License I drove to the ranch, to get an empty Loomix trough To take to another rancher, to cure his cattles coughs
22364 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 7 Ed Fields A Cowboys' Starlit Night Some places in this country, have extra rough and rocky land And cattle go wild sometimes and can't be caught, by the best of hands
22365 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 9 Ed Fields The Barn In the late 1800's, while I was still a tree A farmer from the east, was wantin to be free
22366 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 11 Ed Fields Yesterdays' Cowboy Yesterday, I was a cowboy and took joy in each tomorrow The work I do nowadays, only brings me sorrow
22367 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 13 Ed Fields The Reciter Writing all this poetry, is the easy part Reciting to an audience, it's a different art.
22368 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 15 Ed Fields The Reincarnation of Clyde In the early 1900's, lived a Cowboy we'll call Clyde He was really quite a Cowboy, who lived only to ride.
22369 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 18 Ed Fields Dead and Almost Forgotten I was riding along the south end, one beautiful day Enjoying the sunshine and searching the draws for some strays
22370 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 21 Ed Fields Partners Many men miss out every time they ride When they don't have their wives, by their side
22371 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 22 Ed Fields Old Ben Gay Old Ben Gay is not a buckaroo, nor a friend you'd want to have But it is most indispensible, as a lubricating salve
22372 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 24 Ed Fields Spandex Buckaroo Got to tell you a story, that's not short or sweet About a cowboy whose stomach, got to shadin out his feet.
22373 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 26 Ed Fields Cowboys and That is That Many Cowboys start out with a dream and a black felt hat They dream of being a cowboy and that is that
22374 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 28 Ed Fields The Last Buck The early morning sunlight, filtered in, through cracks in the cabin door The old man arose stiffly and as he slowly stood he swore
22375 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F- 21 31 Ed Fields A Cowboys First Cat Ride He was tired of workin for a cowboys pay So he thought he'd try bulldozing, for a couple of days
22376 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 33 Ed Fields Ranch Environmentalist Woe was the day, when the boss attended that seminar And spent all night drinking, in that dive of a bar
22377 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 35 Ed Fields For $50.00 I'll Shoe em Myself I noticed that my horses had gotten some taller I hadn't shoe em, bein kinda tight with a dollar
22378 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 37 Ed Fields The Four Pointer and the Lion I was riding in the hills alone, alone as one can be Admiring the stillness and the fragrance of the trees
22379 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 39 Ed Fields Fer Sure Good help these days it seems, is mighty hard to find When you're in a hurry, you can't be choosy of the kind
22380 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 42 Ed Fields Grandpa When I was a young boy I tried to make a hand I rode and worked closely with my Grandpa, a sure enough top hand
22381 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 44 Ed Fields What Makes a Cowboy Some people say, what makes those fools ride all day in weather so cold, it freezes marrow in the bones
22382 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 46 Ed Fields Modern Rancher When you were a youngster, startin out to ride You'd rake the ponies fore and aft puttin trails upon their hides
22383 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 48 Ed Fields Coyotes, Natures' Ghost Some folks do not understand him and try to do his in Because coyotes sometimes kill some livestock and commit some other sins
22384 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 50 Ed Fields Camping Trip Enthusiasm was running high, for our annual deer hunting pack trip Well my wife was enthusiastic and I was enthusiastic about watching her pack everything, so it wouldn't slip
22385 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 54 Ed Fields The Mountain I climbed up on a moutain, miles above the busy interstate And sat there all day by myself, just contemplating fate
22386 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 57 Ed Fields Smoke I'll tell you all a story, about a good cowpoke Who grew up breathing, lots of burned hair smoke