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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
226 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 22 S. Omar Barker Rangeland Perfume There's something in the tang of things; That makes a feller feel; For home or for adventurings, For woe or maybe weal. smells, odor, sagebrush, love, romance, girlfriend
227 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 20 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Tenderfoot Tate Now hark to the ballad of Tenderfoot Tate: He come to a finish right unfortunate. mush gizzard, death of a tenderfoot, Drag Arrow, Big Brother Club to Prevent Painin' Cattle, horned, burial, humor
228 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 19 S. Omar Barker The Bronc Buster's Epitaph Lies here where winds, sun rays an' rains; Come beatin' o'er his head, A bowleg son o' western plains, Whose name was Fork 'em Fred. bronc-stompin', dead cowboy, bowlegged
229 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 18 S. Omar Barker A Cut of Beefsteak You've heard how spice and tea and things from out the mystic East; Are smacked with far adventure and romance, How dates are caravanned across the desert for your feast. steak, food, beef, meat
230 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 17 S. Omar Barker To a Jackrabbit Lean, lanky son of desert sage, Gaunt galloper of mesas, Speed king of Satan's acreage, Gray ghost of twilight places. rabbit
231 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 16 S. Omar Barker His Bravest Deed Oh, I ain't no rival to Billy the Kid; Fer slaughterin' men and fer shootin', Fer drawin' and firin' like Bill Hickok did, Or killin' to settle disputin'. stiff standup collar, bravery
232 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 28 S. Omar Barker A Trail Herd Lullaby 'Twas in the spring of Eighty-two, The Texas herds come drivin' through. 1882, cattle drive, night-herding song, grandmother, grandfather, romance, courtship, love, music, folksong and ballad, longhorn
233 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 30 S. Omar Barker Preference They's bound to be cities, they's got to be towns, With hundreds of folks to the acre. progress, civilization, city
234 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 31 S. Omar Barker Bow Legs There's quicker ways to travel and there's softer seats, I know, Than on a lopin' cow hoss crost the plains. bow legged, bowed legs, modes of travel, horseback riding bowlegged
235 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 32 S. Omar Barker Bury Yore Guns! Oh, along come the law in the West countree -- Shoot 'em up, pardner, and bury yore guns! armed, rifle, sixgun, court, judge, gun
236 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 34 S. Omar Barker A Puncher's Protest They're killin' mustangs off the range to sell as feed fer chickens -- Somebody's always choppin up the West. chicken feed, horses, horse meat, wild horses
237 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 35 S. Omar Barker A Foothill Puncher's Spring Song To songs o' spring that poets sing, Folks hanker fer to listen. mud, tailin' up cows, tailing up cows, cattle
238 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 45 S. Omar Barker A Cowpuncher Watches the Crowd Hi, Pete! Yeah, I'm a-playin' corner post. city folk, Tex Austin, crowd, watching people, cows
239 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 44 S. Omar Barker Rangeland Sleepin' While pillows is softer fer under yer head; Than bunch grass or ol's saddle leather, An' maybe fer sleepin' a house an' a bed; Is quite some pertection frum weather. sleep, protection from elements, cowpuncher, slumber, bunchgrass
240 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 43 S. Omar Barker "Jest Bring Me Back My Cowgirl Gal!" The boss he's took my gal to town, Fer a fancy hat and a low-neck gown! girlfriend, love triangle
241 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 42 S. Omar Barker The Up-to-Date Cow-Puncher Oh, the wind she's a-blowin' off Lone Tree Flat; With a whimperin' wail that's fearful, And the coyotes yelpin' their devil's chat; In the sage brush ain't right cheerful. cowpuncher, loneliness, lonely, radio
242 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 40 S. Omar Barker A Ballad of Two Mountain Cowboys Snow flakin' down on old Baldy, Blizzard a-whippin' the trees, Up on the Creston rides a cowboy alone, The cold creepin' into his knees. rescue, friendship, Beaver Creek Joe
243 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 39 S. Omar Barker Feud of the Range There's woolly sheep's wool woven into my shirt, There's cowhide from cows in his shoes. buckaroo, sheep, cows, smell, cattle, odor
244 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 38 S. Omar Barker Rodeo Days Ropin' of yearlin's and tyin' em' down, Wrastlin' of steers so the folks from town; Once in their lives gits a chance fer to see; Wild "hook 'em cowboys" like you and me. bareback riding, calf roping, dance, bronc riding, bronc busting
245 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 37 S. Omar Barker His Night-Herd Pardner Oh, there's pardners good fer daytime and there's pals that's meant fer nights, And a few that's good enough tuh never change. May, spring, night-herding, moon
246 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 36 S. Omar Barker What the Old Texan Misses Red cow, white-face, muley black, Yaller steer with a warbled back. cattle, cows, Texas longhorns, Texas longhorn
247 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 46 S. Omar Barker Stockyards Bound! Jest beef? Say, feller, that ain't half the story! stockyard, rendering, parts of cows, ears, hide, leather, horns, hair, hoof, hooves, glue, gelatin, cattle
248 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 48 S. Omar Barker The Mexkins I ain't in love with Mexkins with their saddle leather skins; Nor fond of smellin' chili on their breath, But say, I kinder hate to read about their "evil grins", An' how they'll always knife yuh to the death. Mexican, ethnic, simplicity, sharing, racial, prejudice, stereotype
249 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 49 S. Omar Barker Homesick Don't sing me no song of a knight's romance, No ballad of saber's rattle, No opery love songs, no sanctified chants. herd, night-herding
250 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 50 S. Omar Barker His Hour Divine There's lots of way of takin' hearty comfort as you eat, And feedin' of your soul with calm content. meat, beef, food, home, love, wife, sweetheart