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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
23213 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 31 Dick Hays The Mogollon Mountains Back in the snow clad mountains, The towering Mogollons, Back in the tall rimrocks The mountain lion roams.
23214 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 32 Dick Hays Th' Big Bug Now I s'pose you've seen muskateers, But I'll bet they can't compare With th' one I saw in th' mout of th' draw, down on th' Gila, there. Th' earth around him trembled As he wandered
23215 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 33 Dick Hays Different Men I'm thinkin' now as I ride along Of th' men I've known that have come an' gone. Some good, some bad, some in between, A lot of different kinds I've seen.
23216 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 35 Dick Hays Sunset Have you ever ridden at evening Toward the setting sun, On your favorite little mustang At a careless, wreckless run, In and out among the cactus And the Spanish daggerspears
23217 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 36 Dick Hays The Ol' Pack Mule Ol' pack mule, how I hate you An' all your mulish traits, Like tearin' down my fences An' jumpin' over gates. You scatter all my beddin'
23218 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 37 Dick Hays The Line Rider's Feast A cowboy came a-ridin' From off a sunbaked range, His Levis stuffed with backpay An' his belly full of pains. He pulled up at th' corner
23219 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 38 Dick Hays Th' Bull Rider Th' bull rider stands there by th' chutes, Levis stuffed in low-topped boots, Spur rowels sharp as points of pins, An' braided rope with tape wrapped ends: Little hat with turned down brim
23220 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 39 Dick Hays Drink There's been a lot of argument, It's raised a lot of stink, T' difference of opinion, As to what a man should drink. You like your fancy barrooms
23221 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 40 Dick Hays The Lion Hunt Now Mr. Mountain Lion Yuh better hunt yerself a hole, 'Cause we're comin' after you Before yer trail gits cold. We've already got yuh pictured
23222 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 42 Dick Hays Mountains Far from the cry of the city streets, Were the moutaintops and the clear sky meets, Where the giant pines and the Quaken Ash trees Sway together in the gentle breeze
23223 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 43 Dick Hays Th' Chuckwagon Th' cook fans th' fire with his ol' flop hat Cause ther ain't no wood on that windswept flat. Th' rusty ol' axe an' th' worn out file Lay covered up in th' cowchip pile
23224 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 44 Dick Hays Ol' Mary Jane Now it's way down beyond th' town At th' end of a shady lane, She's grazin' there in a pasture fair Ol' Jersey, Mary Jane. Let her be praised for all she's raised.
23225 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 45 Dick Hays Coaley Now I don't care what hpapens If never more I ride, For all that matters left me When my ol' pony died. I never knew I'd miss him
23226 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 46 Dick Hays Buck Fever When you empty up your gun At that big buck you see, And then go there to hang him up, You find an old dead tree. You jump at every racket
23227 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 47 Dick Hays The Drunkard Floppy hat and tattered clothes, Fruit jar track around the nose, Firey red, bewhsikered face, And glassy eyes gaze off in space,
23228 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 48 Dick Hays Slander Slingin' Sue There's a lady in th' valley Known as Slander Slingin' Sue; She kin tell yuh lots of things That yuh wonder how she knew. Like th' time yuh went a-fishin' An yer wife, she stayed at home,
23229 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 49 Dick Hays Bachelors Oh yes, we like our spuds an' beans, With neighbors' chickens in between, An' now an then, to keep our flesh, A T-bone steak so nice an' fresh
23230 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 50 Dick Hays Noah's Ark I met a guy the other day, He was happy as a lark, Claimed he was the Captain On a boat called Noah's Ark. Just went on a -tellin'
23231 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 51 Dick Hays Latigo Slim Latigo Slim was a ridin' man, Far flung was his fame, From th' sunny beaches of California To th' rockbound coasts of Maine. He'd rode on th' backs of Brahmer bulls
23232 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 53 Dick Hays The Storm When the thunderheads loom behind the hill, And it's sultry hot and deathly still, No rustling leaves for the breeze has laid, And the stock is all bushed up in the midday shade,
23233 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 54 Dick Hays Jose Juan Garcia I'ma Jose Juan Garcia From the Rio Mimbrees, And I'll tole theese leetle story If you will leesten , pleez. my cows is muey flaco,
23234 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 55 Dick Hays Little Hiawatha Little Hiawatha, A warrior brave and true, Paddled on the laughing water With is little birch canoe. there was Minne-Ha-Ha
23235 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 57 Dick Hays Th' Morning After A horse wrangler sat on his jailhouse bed With two black eyes an' an achin' head, For he'd been drunk th' nigt before, His body was bruised an' his bones were sore. I've already told th' shape of his eyes
23236 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 58 Dick Hays Me and the Devil when i die and go to hell What a surprise the Devil will get, Fer he'll find out right quick That he ain't seen nuthin' yet. When he throws me in the lake of fire
23237 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 63 Dick Hays Rodeo The crowd has settled down With their popcorn and their gum. The band is blarin' loudly, The grand entry has begun. Horsees, men and horses