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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
22437 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 16 Fred Lambert Cyclones And Dogies It was snowing nice and gentle At the Cross-Bar Lazy B, When the foreman, Wild Hoss Charley, Lit his pipe an' said to me.
22438 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 3 Doug Foshee The Birthday Question The day that I turned fifty my wife decided to throw Me a big bar-b-que so she invited most everybody we did know.
22439 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 19 Fred Lambert The Night Rider (A Soliloquy) Sunset--th' colors glow Upon th' clouds an' sky. Thar's somethin' over yander In th' west I'd like t' try.
22440 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 5 Doug Foshee A Dad's Advice As the cowboy's son was approaching manhood his daddy sat him down, "Now, Son, you're growing up and you'll soon be spending more time in town
22441 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 20 Fred Lambert Echoes From Yokel Row We were speaking of the markets At the Cross-Bar Lazy B, When the foreman, Wild Hoss Charley, Told this simple tale to me.
22442 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 7 Doug Foshee Huntin' Stories On an elk hunt in New Mexico the fall of 2003 We was sittin' 'round the campfire when somebody began to speak
22443 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 11 Doug Foshee Horse Traders We met up in South Texas some twenty years ago. I don't recall his last name, but he answered to Elmo.
22444 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 15 Doug Foshee Red Top Cane In DeWitt County, Texas some years ago gone by The winter grass was short. Summer had been awful dry.
22445 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 19 Doug Foshee The Cross-eyed Pool Player One Saturday after payday we headed into town To "turn our wolves loose" and to have ourselves a round.
22446 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 23 Doug Foshee Stressed We all feel stressed in our daily life. It may be our job or husband or wife. Our kids contribute to this stressful routine Especially when they become a teen.
22447 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 25 Doug Foshee Look Twice The first time I spied her I eased up beside her. My saddle was creaking. I just started speaking.
22448 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 27 Doug Foshee A Good Life Once I had a horse named May. She was honest and true and would work hard all day. She did her best and was sound as a dollar And was always willing when I called upon her
22449 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 23 Fred Lambert Rocky Mountain Canary Sometimes I git to thinkin' Thet they mebbe made yuh wrong-- Yo're body short an' stumpy, An' yo're ears so cussed long;
22450 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 29 Doug Foshee Close Encounters of the Cowboy Kind As I was coming back from town one night (I had been to the waterhole.), I saw a funny looking light. It had a kinda green glow. I eased my truck up to a stop. From the truck I eased as well.
22451 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 33 Doug Foshee The Painting I once saw a painting where a man roped a bear. An experience like that I thought I might want to share. Of bbears there were none and none nowhere near. So I says to myself, "I'll just rope me a deer."
22452 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 24 Fred Lambert Little Papoose Of what are you thinking, grave little Papoose, Tied fast in y our buckskins like mummies of yore? Do you know the legends of Old Mother Goose Or the five little pigs and the sleepy-time lore?
22453 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 35 Doug Foshee Kindergarten Cowboy In the house the little boy walked. To his Dad he said, "I'll have no more schooling. I'm going to bed." This set the man back. Of his son he wanted to know Why after just one week of Kindergarten to no more schooling he'd go.
22454 Bunkhouse Tales of Wild Hoss Charley FC 11 L-37 26 Fred Lambert Cupid and Cactus We were riding after dogies On the Cross-Bar Lazy B, When the foreman, Wild Hoss Charley, Lit his pipe and said to me:
22455 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 37 Doug Foshee New Boots The bottoms of his boots were thin. The tops were shot as well. He could step on a dime and he knew right away if it was laying heads or tails.
22456 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 39 Doug Foshee Old Blue Cat This here is a story 'bout an old cat I once knew. He was cross-eyed and ornery and his color was blue. He lived way out back behind the horse barn 'Cause we'd see that old scoundrel just about every morn.
22457 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 41 Doug Foshee Big Boy In Cuero, Texas during the Great Gobbler Roundup A parade was to be held. I got there about sunup. I rode my horse Big Boy, an old sorrel nag Who to my knowledge never carried a flag.
22458 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 43 Doug Foshee Old Hats and Old Friends My wife's a fine lady. There's no doubt about that. But she has no understanding 'bout my old cowboy hat.
22459 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 45 Doug Foshee Christmas Spurs and Milk Pen Calves When I was just a button, for Christmas I got Some spurs and some leggings. Boy, I was hot!! I thought bull riding would be kinda neat But I'd start on milk pen calves to accomplish my feat.
22460 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 47 Doug Foshee The Blacksmith and the Schoolteacher The blacksmith and the schoolteacher looked like they was head over heels in love. As they held hands any fool could tell they were star struck from up above. He was tall and slim and strong and spoke with a kinda bashful draw.
22461 Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor FC 11 F-20 51 Doug Foshee The Motto When I was just a young kid all full of buck and bawl I hired out to be a cowboy 'cause I shore thought I knew it all. In my mind I could outdo all the older men and I was not shy to tell To everyone that would listen that I was tough as nails.