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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
23188 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 82 Dick Warwick A Sad Sea Story Once upon a fine fine day, many many years now past, The sun came up like plunder over Fundy Bay so fast. Did I mention it was Sunday, Or Monday at the worst?
23189 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 83 Dick Warwick The Trail I took The trail forked in desolate land And thinking either choice was ill I looked and thought, and gazed and scanned Across the miles of scrub and sand
23190 Out West to Outback and Beyond FC 11 W-34 84 Dick Warwick Saving Time You can save your money, put it underneath a rock And you can store up honey in a jar or in a crock But there's a term that's often used.
23191 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 3 Dick Hays A Mother's Dream When I was a little feller, On a stick horse I would ride, Go a whoppin an' a hollerin' With a wooden pistol on my side
23192 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 4 Dick Hays The New Wagon Pa's bought a damn contraption, Th' durndest thing I've ever seen. Claims we don't need ol' Maud or Bess, 'Cause it's pulled with gasoline.
23193 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 5 Dick Hays Button Th' Button, he's a cowhand, though a little premature. He's gettin' lots of pointers; He'll make a hand fer sure.
23194 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 6 Dick Hays Pecos Blues I'm up on ol' Baldy, My bed is on ol' Jack; I didn't come from nowhere, An' now I'm goin' back. Fer this promised land of Pecos
23195 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 7 Dick Hays Courtin' On a Mule Now I went down to Mary's house To see if she was home, An' Mary's Pa had told me twice To leave his girl alone. As I rode up th' shady lane
23196 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 8 Dick Hays Hats An' Horses Early in th' morning when th' ground is froze An' th' water runs from th' end of your nose, You saddle a horse that's full of grain, You sure better watch th' crazy ol' thing. He's all swelled up an' your saddle won't fit.
23197 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 9 Dick Hays Facts of the Cowboy Life Now people seem to sit an' dream That a cowboy's life is play. They cuss their luck 'cause they are stuck In a city far away. They read in books how a cowboy looks,
23198 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 10 Dick Hays Shorty Gather 'round you buckaroos While I relate th' fate Of a puncher known as Shorty That's roped himself a mate. Now Shorty, he was famous Fer his stock disturbin' skill.
23199 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 12 Dick Hays The Hide Buyer Th' ol' hide buyer is drivin' along With is stinkin' load of hides, His pockets are stuffed with money, An' his head is stuffed with lies. He'll look at th' hides that's hangin' On th' fence by th' slaughter pen,
23200 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 14 Dick Hays Heaven There's a land above the stars, Far above the Milky Way, Where cattle roam in thousands And cutting horses play. Ther ain't no jigger bosses
23201 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 15 Dick Hays The Girl of My Golden Dreams Now I've been doin' some thinkin' As down th' ridge I ride As to how I'll treat th' girl That I take fer my blushing bride. I want her to wash my clothes,
23202 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 18 Dick Hays The Long Looper A long looper's life is lonely. High in th' moutains he rides, A-huntin' for yearlins' with no man's brand To mar their glossy hides. With his horse, an' rope, an' runnin' rod, He's makin' himself a home,
23203 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 19 Dick Hays Th' Depot Agent If you've ever been to th' stockyards, It makes no difference where, I'm sure you've seen, th' same as I, Th' depot agent there. After you've worked your cattle An' cut 'em in carload lots,
23204 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 21 Dick Hays Brahmer Bulls If you ever go down to El Paso To th' fat stock show an' fair, Look on th' ground bu chute number two An' yuh'll see my picture there. Th' boys, they kept on a -sayin
23205 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 22 Dick Hays Huntin' Season Th' hills is fulla fellers With bandanners on their hats, A-aimin' an' a-shootin' First this-a-way ann' that. Yuh can see th' devils squattin' On every moutain side;
23206 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 23 Dick Hays The Beef Eater Way back in th' head of th' canyon, High on a rocky rim, A cowboy knew there was a butcher, An' he lay an' wait for him. With is loaded thirty-thirty
23207 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 24 Dick Hays Th' Cow Buyer A cow buyer rides into your herd In his city, storle-bought clothes, His hat pulled down over knowing eyes, An' spectacles on his nose, With his pockets full of pencils,
23208 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 26 Dick Hays Th' Western Drifter Now a feller rode into my camp From many a weary mile. I asked him if he'd stay An' chew th' fat awhile. He helped hisself
23209 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 27 Dick Hays Th' Calf Roper Yer calf is in th' chute An' his eyes are open wide. It's plain to see he's scared So you're gonna have to ride. Yer pony feels a quiver
23210 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 28 Dick Hays Heaven Bound When i go to that great roundup, Up yonder in th' sky, I'll ride in on my flyin' hoss, An' loudly I will cry
23211 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 29 Dick Hays Th' Ol' Brindle Steer I was comin' down th' ridge On that bright sunshiney day, Merrily hummin' "Ragged Annie," My mind a thousand miles away
23212 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 30 Dick Hays High Pointin' Did you ever stop to think about Just everything you see From atop some knoll or mountain, Which ever it may be? Jus stop an' look an' listen, An' let your pony graze.