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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
22787 Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore FC 11 E-22 52 Wayne Erbsen The Texas Rangers Come all you Texas Rangers, wherever you may be, I'll tell you of some troubles, that happened unto me. My name is nothinhg extra, so that I will not tell
22788 Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore FC 11 E-22 54 Wayne Erbsen The Trail to Mexico I made up my mind to change my way, To leave the crowd that was too gay, And leave my native home awhile, And travel west for many a mile
22789 Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore FC 11 E-22 56 Wayne Erbsen Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail Away up high in the Sierry Petes, Where the yellow pines grow tall, Sandy Bob and Buster Jiggs, Had a rodeer camp last fall. Oh, they'd taken their hosses and runnin irons, and mabbe a dawg or two
22790 Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore FC 11 E-22 58 Wayne Erbsen When the Work's All Done This Fall A group of jolly cowboys, discussing plans at ease, Says one, "I'll tell you something boys, if you will listen please. I am an old cowpupncher, and here I'm dressed in rags;
22791 Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore FC 11 E-22 60 Wayne Erbsen Zebra Dun We were camped upon the plains at the head of the Cimarron, When alont came a stranger and he stopped to argue some. He looked so very foolish and began to look around.
22792 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 7 Lona Tankersley Burkhart To Elko and the Gathering Staff 1987 It's been tough times, all over the cattle land. California moutains, Texas plains, Arizona sand.
22793 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 12 Lona Tankersley Burkhart My Favorite Song When I was a tiny child, upon my fathers knee, the thundering storm, was a frightening sound to me. But he taught me storms were, but a promise kept,
22794 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 13 Lona Tankersley Burkhart The Song of the Land The song of the land, is a really beautiful thing. With the many melodies, the changing seasons bring. It has filled my life, with pleasures untold. Just as it did my fathers, in days of old.
22795 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 14 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Eric Spardo The beauty, the beauty, my pen can't quite share Tho' I'll do my best to put you there. One of those magic evenings in Butte Valley
22796 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 16 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Desert Death The newcomers come, and talk of this desert land. They say it is a boy, that is soon to become a man. they say it is young, changing, improving and growing.
22797 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 17 Bob Schild The River's Story Whispering Waters so cold and so free, Oh what a story they'er telling to me. Winding old river, as wild as can be, Gurgling Tales on its way to the sea
22798 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 18 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Alone Some crave company, of others of their kind. The need to be alone never enters their mind. Me, I need solitude, of God and
22799 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 19 Lona Tankersley Burkhart The Colors of a Winter Night The bright yellow moon hung like frozen fire in the midnight sky. Luminous threads of fog drifted thru trees like the echo of a sigh.
22800 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 20 Lona Tankersley Burkhart The Song of the Wild Geese Have you sat your horse on a rocky ridge, with winter in the air? And watched the cloud streaked skies, until you could see them there?
22801 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 21 Rob Blair The Land of Magic See the big, dizzy moutains with its snow clouds a misty thin. And the ghostly winds that whisper in this land of quiet and
22802 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 22 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Fire!! Fire on the ridge! The wind is high. Smoke blackens, the evening sky. Wind a fickle seductress, like none other. Leading the dancing flames, first one way, then another.
22803 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 24 Leon Flick Listen to the Sun Go Down Upon a warm September's eve, the sun was dipping low. I sat myself upon a rim from there to watch the show. the shadows were their longest now as darkness soon would be.
22804 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 25 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Cowman's Love of the Land I watched that John Wayne re-run on TV, the other night. My, how the horses did run, and how the cowboys did fight. The greedy ol' cowman, ridin' rough-shod, hard and tall
22805 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 29 Lona Tankersley Burkhart The Deepest Valley It's storming in the High Sierra's, clouds hang angry and low. THe lofty peaks are hidden, from those of us below. I have looked at the sky above, and wondered.
22806 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 30 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Packin' in the Eastern High Sierra's I've heard quite a few cowboys, that followed a wagon or two. Make fun of the packers, and say, it's something that they wouldn't do. . .
22807 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 32 Lona Tankersley Burkhart High Sierras Down thru California run the high Sierra peaks. I've been there to see the morning sun's golden streaks. It's high beautiful, clear, and clean. Finest of mother nature's work that I've ever seen.
22808 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 39 R. Turmon Ballot Measures and Other Falisities Not everybody was fortunate enough to grow up on a ranch in the West. So not everyone learned of hills, grasses, and water, life blood of the country. They don't even know the soul of the land,
22809 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 41 Ramona Turmon BLM Horses and Other Dumb Stuff I'm sure you know about the horses belonging to the BLM But if you don't let me tell you the situation is plenty grim The BLM
22810 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 42 Ramona Turmon Environmentalists and Cow Manure The American West is the place of my birth And I really love it But others know better how to manage the Earth Or so they think
22811 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 43 John Dofflemyer Representation I think futures a tolerable topic for those that figger they understand But for cowboys, it's a cryptic, and beyond the average cowman.