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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
23088 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 4 Gary Anderson One More Light This is about a man I once worked for, Across the Great Divide. Just above where there North fork, And the South Fork run side by side.
23089 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 5 Gary Anderson Lou Fifteen Two, Fifteen Four, Is what the old man said. He just kept counting up those points, As I slowly shook my head. He counted all his cards, Counted Twenty points and more!
23090 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 5 Gary Anderson Rodeo Time Went up to the Rodeo. To watch the rough stock buck. Them bronc riders were a spurring hard, Hoping it would bring them luck.
23091 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 6 Gary Anderson Just a Little Poem Was sitting in the Star Motel in Elko, About 6:30 one fine night. Got up to go to the restroom, 'Fore we set down to take a bite.
23092 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 6 Gary Anderson Mother's Saw this find young lady, In the hall the other day. She was packing her son upon her hip, Trying hard to find their way. But when she turned sideways I saw, She was packing one and carrying another.
23093 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 7 Gary Anderson Board Meeting Was sitting in the coffee shop the other day, Drinkin' coffee with the boys. The sun was low, the bull was deep, As theydiscussed thier latest ploys.
23094 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 8 Gary Anderson The Test This coffee here is so damned good, Will grow hair upon your chest. As the youngest and the newest hand, Was up to me to make the test. Shaking cup in hand, he filled it up
23095 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 8 Gary Anderson New Shorts Friends, I'm here to tell you, Of a terrible sight I've seen. About this fellow in a pair of shorts, They were red, white and green.
23096 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 9 Gary Anderson Culture Club The boy's and me play some poker, Almost every thursday night. Hope sometime to make our fortune, if the cards will fall just right. At the Culture CLub you'll find me,
23097 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 10 Gary Anderson From a Horses View When I looked out this morning, Between the poles of this here fence, Down the path there came a man, And I knowed what was his intent. He grabs the tgrain and gives a shout,
23098 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 11 Gary Anderson Buckaroo Down ther in Nevada, Got a fellow called a Buckaroo. Now me down from Wyoming, This is really something new! You see we've got some fellows, Who can rope as well as ride
23099 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 12 Gary Anderson The Ranger It was almost that time of year, To the forest them cows must go. For it isn't no fun let me tell you, It was uphill and mighty slow.
23100 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 13 Gary Anderson Death Ed came to the house, and woke me up, Was near 3 o'clock in the morn. Said he was having trouble, With this calf tryin' to be born. Got up and walked down to the barn.
23101 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 14 Gary Anderson Babies Having Babies You always hear these stories, About cowboys chasing cows. Well, partner I'm here to tell you, They don't start out that way - no how! Now I'm talking about these four legged kind. Got hair, and hide and feet.
23102 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 15 Gary Anderson Hired Hand One place I worked at, Calving cows out one spring, Had this hired hand there, And man could he sing. Some songs were so sad, They brought tears to your eyes.
23103 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 16 Gary Anderson Another Cow's Tail Now, I've had my share of problems, Some of them's been mighty bad. If you've got a minute to read about, The latest that I've had. You see, I was calving a bunch of cows, Up in Wyoming, where the snow gets deep
23104 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 18 Gary Anderson Wyoming Cow?? Up here in Wyoming we've got some special cows, That are a very different kind of breed. But every fall they wean a big ol' calf, Which is all a cow outfit needs. You see she's got one horn hanging, That's plumb different than the other.
23105 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 19 Gary Anderson Cowboy Santa Now Ol' Santa is a cowboy, I know this to be true, Instead of those bells jingling, His spurs sing a different tune. Once I thought I saw him,
23106 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 20 Gary Anderson Cowboy's Christmas Eve It was the eve before Christmas, Though a beautiful night, Gave a kiss to my wife, As I turned out the light. Heard this gentle rapping, Upon my window pane.
23107 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 22 Gary Anderson The Real Rudolph Story Been stories going 'round for years, About how Rudolph saved the day. When Santa hooked him to the lead spot, To guide him on his way. Now, that part of the story's true. How his nose shined like a beacon.
23108 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 23 Gary Anderson George's Christmas Ride George called me up on Christmas Eve, Said he had one ride he'd make. He rented a Santa Claus outfit in town, Would bring some presents before the kids were awake.
23109 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 24 Gary Anderson Reflections One time I made a big mistake, When I'd ran plumb out of hope. Seems I roped this big old bull, 'Round the neck with my ol' rope. If I hadn't been tied down hard and fast, Would have been no problem at all.
23110 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 25 Gary Anderson Dry Spot It's been six days since the sun last shined, Been raining or snowing the whole damned time. Beginning to think the whole world is wet, If there's a dry spot, I ain't found it yet.
23111 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 26 Gary Anderson Bikini Cowgirl Caught my orse up early, Had to move some cows today. Hauled him over, sorted them cows, Headed down that black highway
23112 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 27 Gary Anderson Cowman's Dream Someday I wish that some feller, Who was in his right mind, Would tell these other buyers, Just what catltle they're tryin' to find. Some years they want big fat ones,,