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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
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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
23163 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 32 Dick Warwick The Old Meeting Hall An old grange hall stands bereft In a field of waving wheat; The people all have long since left, Where once with flying feet
23164 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 34 Dick Warwick King of the Rodeo It's the sport of buckaroos, Rodeo is its name; you must be strong and fit to choose It as your favorite game. It's rough and tumble action As tough as it is fast,
23165 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 37 Dick Warwick The Morning After You were out on the range for a month, you were offered an advance- So you headed for town, 'twas Saturday night, you heard there'd be a dance. After a night of entertainment bordering on mayhem
23166 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 38 Dick Warwick On the Plains of the Free Range Chicken There's the range of the buffalo, And that of the cattle so wide; The range in Mom's old kitchen Where the steak and eggs were fried.
23167 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 40 Dick Warwick When Harley Faced the Bull Old Harley was a stubborn cuss, never would back down, Which is common with that type of folk that live too far from town; He'd sally blithely forth where angels dread to tread,
23168 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 42 Dick Warwick An Offer He Couldn't Refuse He awoke one morning in his own bunk Just before the break of day. Beside the bed, upon his trunk, A sheet of paper lay.
23169 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 44 Dick Warwick Hayboy "Hay boy" you can call me that I'll not be offended. "Hayboy" I'll probably wear that hat Until my life is ended. A cowboy is not me metier, But hayboy that would suit;
23170 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 49 Dick Warwick Double Love I love my native country with its jagged lofty peaks, Its rich and rolling farmland, its sparkling moutain creeks; I love its frigid winter when the snow like frosting drifts And a sky so purely blue my very spirit lifts.
23171 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 50 Dick Warwick I Wish Sometimes That I Could Be I wish sometimes that I could be A real Aussie bloke, and live in Bourke or Wingadee And ride a real moke. Oh, I'd wear an Akubra hat,
23172 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 52 Dick Warwick Handprint Beneath a rocky outcrop Somewhere far outback, Where a traveler might stop To rest beside the track, There is upon the stony face,
23173 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 54 Dick Warwick A Tale to Roo I'll tell you all a story which I'll vouch is partly true, About the time I went to hunt the ruddy kangaroo. We met out at the edge of town a half hour before dark Where we fine-tuned our rifle sights by shooting at a mark.
23174 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 56 Dick Warwick Half a World Away My love is in the Southern Hemisphere Wher it's summer while it's winter way up here; She writes to tell me it's so nice she jsut may up and stay. I'm here at home; she's half a world away.
23175 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 57 Dick Warwick Nancy of the Internet I had written her an e-mail, which I had, for want of female Companionship, sent to that old girlfriend I once took to the prom; She was pretty when I knew her, so I sent the message to her, Just for kicks,
23176 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 58 Dick Warwick A Tale of Two Trees Two trees stood side by side in a bushland wild, In a place the cunning hand of man had never yet defiled; Strong and tall they slowly grew, as their branches intertwined
23177 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 59 Dick Warwick My Mates Old Billy and Matilda, they are my favorite mates Companions in my journeys, throughout the several states. Billy keeps me slaked and fed, Matilda holds me dear; We have been fellow travelers for many a good year.
23178 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 60 Dick Warwick The Geek From Cabbage Creek There was ferment in the farmyard when a rumor crossed the fence That the goat from Old Neglect had slipped away And had joined the feral goat mobs- he was worth around twelve cents, So all the wags had come to have their say.
23179 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 63 Dick Warwick Moama Night I couldn't sleep, I stepped outside, the night was dark, no moon; Though autumn there, the air was warmer than at home in June. The stars were strewn across the sky in glorious array,
23180 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 67 Dick Warwick Legacy Lately I've been introduced as a cowboy poety; please Do not remember me for that. Say instead, he planted trees. Then sit beneath one of my pines some pleasant afternoon
23181 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 68 Dick Warwick My Old Chevy Truck I was once so down on my luck All I owned was an old Chevy truck. She would buck, bump and weave And at last took her leave
23182 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 70 Dick Warwick Biotechnology Blues I find that I am fearing genetic engineering, Combining forms of life once quite distinct- When Man is the Creator I suspect sooner of later We'll find a way to make ourselves extinct.
23183 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 72 Dick Warwick The Coup of '63 The name Lee Harvey Oswald will go down in infamy They say he killed the President in 1963. But the real men who did the crime got off completely free, And Lee Oswald was they scapegoat when they killed John Kennedy.
23184 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 74 Dick Warwick The Mayfly Some people think it's mighty sad That mayflies live one day; If that were all the time we had, Would we live another way? A mayfly mainly wants to mate
23185 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 77 Dick Warwick Don't Box Me In I need a favor from you And now is when I'll ask it. When i die, for Pete's sake do Not put me in a casket Where my body lie
23186 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 78 Dick Warwick The End User My son calls me an "end user" Of machinery, cars and tools; He claims, does my accuser, That I'm among those silly fools
23187 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 81 Dick Warwick A Toothsome Tale My girlfrined is more gorgeous than Miss Finland or Brazil, And she loves me as deeply as a woman ever will. She's as faithful as my favorite horse, as smart as Einstein; Her taste in furnishings and art impeccable and fine.