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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
23138 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 49 Virginia Bennett The West had its Way With Me Like an unruly garden given over to weeds years ago, the dream within me grew wild. Uncurbed, unleashed, encouraged to be free, seeds of discontent overtook the child.
23139 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 52 Virginia Bennett As You Ride As you ride the high sierra with your packstring and your pony, And your heart beats strong and lonely as the waves upon the sea, Does that eerie pull which drew us
23140 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 54 Virginia Bennett Upon the Leaving Framed by knotted posts of pine and accentuated by a powdery dust, I pass into a world devoid of you, on a trotting horse, and leave, I must.
23141 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 59 Virginia Bennett Turnin' Out Horses There are some who buy drugs in dark alleys, and others who purchase alcohol's sting, Yet there's nothing as intoxicating as turnin' the horses out in the Spring
23142 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 61 Virginia Bennett Kindred Spirits Gone is the span of time spent in guessing, Ripped, torn asunder, and cast at our feet. Stripped, we stand, with no window dressing, Such as it is, when like spirits meet.
23143 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 62 Virginia Bennett Miraculous Moment They can write all the books that they want to, they can shoot pictures 'til they're blue in the face. They can paint with all colors of the rainbow, or spout poetry with passion and grace.
23144 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 63 Virginia Bennett At the Ranch Tonight Snows fall quiet at the ranch tonight, the milkcow softly lows, A coyote trots along a cold ridge, these are things which my heart knows
23145 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 67 Virginia Bennett In Retrospect Milestones stand straight and tall, casting long shadows on the grass. Marking winter, spring, summer, fall, Seasons marching as they pass.
23146 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 69 Virginia Bennett Where Dreamers Fly One never regrets chasing a dream, or soaring with the North Star guide, There is no fault with those who fail, the shame is never having tried.
23147 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 71 Virginia Bennett Dad Was Like a Colt Dad was like a colt to me, his spirit tried to be set free, I tried like Hell to hold him tight I tied 'im fast and tied 'im right.
23148 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 72 Virginia Bennett Grief Folks tell you it just takes time and that all wounds will eventually heal as if a clock were a miracle salve that could numb everything you feel
23149 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 73 Virginia Bennett Visitation Awakened from a blissful dream, Where you ran strong and fine, I rub my eyes and sit up in bed, Relishing the extra- sensory presence of you
23150 Canyon of the Forgotten FC 11 B-60 74 Virginia Bennett Home. . .again When the echo of a thousand thunders rolls across the barren plain, And I'm called beyond the silver dusted peaks. As lightning strikes from east to west.
23151 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 11 Dick Warwick The Brutal Boss I'm gonig to get right to the point- I'll admit my nose is out of joint, And the reason that I'm chronically cross Is that I have got a brutal boss.
23152 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 12 Dick Warwick Secret Places Far from the city and highway, Well removed from the traffic and crowds, Where migrating birds of the flyway Travel the wind and the clouds
23153 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 14 Dick Warwick Cowboy Heaven A cowboy I am, a hard to find genre- Some might've thought we all was a goner; but out where there's grass and bunches of cattle You'll find me astraddle a cow pony's saddle.
23154 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 15 Dick Warwick The Bovine Systems Engineer I'm a bovine systems engineer And I earn almost eight grand a year. My benefit package is beef and bread, A horse to ride, my own bunk bed. The size of my hat is 45 liters
23155 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 16 Dick Warwick Cowhands, Drifters Cowhands, drifters- you maybe know the type, Though such as them in truth were men of every stripe. They'd show up and hire on,, then suddenly one day
23156 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 18 Dick Warwick The Dollar Watch He bought it in nineteen ought and four One day when he went to town- He walked into the general store And plunked a dollar down.
23157 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 20 Dick Warwick Once Upon a Time in Texas Away out there in Texas, in a dusty little town, One evening as the sun began to sink, Into the one saloon a man came up and sat down, and called the barkeep, ordered up a drink.
23158 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 23 Dick Warwick A Western Idyll I bought myself a mini-ranch out in the rural West- Ten acres with a view, in which I did invests A portion of my assets, and also built a home, Then fenced the whole durn spread where both my calves would roam.
23159 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 24 Dick Warwick A Broke Cowboy When I was a young outrider For a ranch called the T-bar-T, I fell in love with a girl from town By the name of Edna McKee.
23160 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 26 Dick Warwick A Cowhand's Farewell Boys, I'm awful tired- It's been a lont old haul ; It's itme that I was fired, Let go once and for all. I feel it deep inside me, The doctor says I'm right;
23161 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 28 Dick Warwick The Wide Land I was raised where the land was so flat highest point was the crown of my hat. The sky came down to touch the ground And you could see forever all around.
23162 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 29 Dick Warwick Christmas in a Line Shack A cowboy in a line shack had spent some time alone; It was winter, and he had no radio, TV or telephone; To read, just old newspapers, decades out of date,