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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
23063 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 2 Dennis Flake Horses I have ridden lots of horses; You don't know what I've been through. They have thrown me, drug and kicked me; There's nothing they won't do
23064 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 3 Dennis Flake Cherokee Bill Cherokee Bill was an outlaw; He was known both far and near. He had a price upon his head That ws growing every year. THe law had tried to catch him, but each time he'd get away
23065 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 4 Dennis Flake The Wild Horse of Owyhee This wild bay stallion that I bought, He never had a name; He had never felt a rope or brand, But I bought him just the same.
23066 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 6 Dennis Flake The Filly She was the slickest filly I'd ever seen But my chances with her looked rather lean. She was built for a prize in any show; Where she came from I did not know.
23067 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 8 Dennis Flake Carol: Carol, my darling, it's strange but it's true, Most of my life I've been married to you. I'll never forget the day that we met. The thrill of that hour remains with me yet.
23068 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 8 Dennis Flake When You're Feeling Low When you're feeling kinda low and really want to cry, And your poor old husband bugs you every time he passes by, Don't abuse the lowly critter; he may have his troubles, too.
23069 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 9 Dennis Flake March 19th, 1914 Oh yes, I know more than sixty years ago Down in Cassia County in the Stateof Idaho, A little girl arrived one night while most folks wereasleep, But her Mother was wide awake and Dad was with the sheep.
23070 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 10 Dennis Flake The Baby Moutain Goat's Skull On Barren Pass one fine day, When there your footsteps chanced to stray You found this token in decay And have kept it to this very day. I know how much it means to you
23071 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 10 Dennis Flake Almost Two Lovalyn, you are so sweet; You're almost good enough to eat. you really catch your daddy's eye, And you're is girl, but that's not why
23072 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 11 Dennis Flake When the Path is Black Did you ever have a time in life When hell knocked on your door, When your dreams and plans and love of life Lay shattered on the floor?
23073 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 12 Dennis Flake A Little Rodeo and a Big Bull Forrest was just a little boy, But his feet reached to the ground. He had some good ideas And to me they sounded sound.
23074 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 13 Dennis Flake Christmas with Christensens Well, Santa Clause, is it true That you're coming here tonight, With you sleigh bells and your reindeer and your suit of red and white?
23075 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 14 Dennis Flake Three Wheeler Ride That Dennis is a good boy, to this you must agree, But listen while I tell you what that critter did to me. I am his old Grandpa, in fact, he bears my name; That didn't really matter; he did it just the same.
23076 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 16 Dennis Flake The Last Roundup--Almost We've been in lots of scrapes together, Old Vincent Flake and me. We won some and we lost some, In the days that used to be.
23077 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 18 Dennis Flake Old Vet the Workhorse We had a horse we called Old Vet And he could really buck. There was none of us could ride him. But a harness changed his luck.
23078 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 19 Dennis Flake Old Age at 75 I didn't think I'd make it, But here I'm seventy-five. It really isn't all that bad. I'm glad that I'm alive.
23079 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 20 Dennis Flake The Taming of a Terrorist We were camped in Apache County Near the reservation line; I was cooking for a crew of men; Things were going fine. They really lilked my biscuits and put a lot of them away.
23080 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 21 Dennis Flake The Hashknife Outfit They came to Arizona in the year of eighty-three, Hashknife was the brand they wore and it was plain to see. There were a lot of cattle and a lot of punchers, too.
23081 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 22 Dennis Flake Life on the Lazy H I've had some great experiences, and some not quite so great. Some I like to talk about, and some I don't relate. We were living on the Lazy H in nineteen forty-one;
23082 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 23 Dennis Flake Old Joe I bought him out in Oregon, this horse that we called Joe. The seller was Guy Rencher, a fellow you might know. He was no special breed, just a cow horse I would say
23083 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 24 Dennis Flake The Taming of the Shrew Scott is just a neighbor boy who likes to hang around; He wants fo find the action, at least what can be found. He doesn't always find it, but he found it yesterday
23084 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 25 Dennis Flake My Prayer Forbodings of grave things ahead That would distort all reasons power, Are held in check by Thy great love As faith I walk by every hour.
23085 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 25 Dennis Flake I Have Always Known You I remember when I met you half a century ago, You had something sweet and lovely What it was I did not know. I guess I knew and loved you
23086 Ropin', Ridin' and Ranchin' FC 11 F-22 26 Dennis Flake Lonely Without You I don't like it around here That's all that I can say. I took her to the hospital And left her there today. I hope that they can help her;
23087 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 3 Gary Anderson Dad Young Now my old Grandpa used to sit, In the house in his rocking chair. Chewing tobacco and spitting in a can,