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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
23238 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 64 Dick Hays Th' Bareback Ride "Let's get him out!" a rider said, as he fell upon his back, An' hung his spurs away up front In a big ol' rangy black.
23239 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 65 Dick Hays Team Tyin' Now Bud an' Joe are Texas boys From down next to th' line, Where ropes an' steers are common Even in these modern times.
23240 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 66 Dick Hays Bulldoggin' Bulldoggin' or steer wrestlin' are one an' all th' same: No chore for little school boys comin' under either name, No ropes er man-made gimmicks, just bootheels an' his hands,
23241 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 67 Dick Hays Bronc Ridin' A chute gate swung with a mournful groan, An' a-fallin' out came an ol' blue roan With a cowboy a-settin' atop his back, A-ridin' his rein an' a-pullin' th' slack.
23242 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 68 Dick Hays Calf Ropin' Th' calf is in th' chute, th' roper in th' box, Th' flagman at th' barrier, an' th' timer's at th' clocks. Th' piggin' string in th' roper's mouth
23243 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 69 Dick Hays Th' Clown Here he comes a-ridin' back-ards, He's quite a funny sight, A buckin' horse in his left hand, A suitcase in his right, Both is spurs a-workin
23244 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 70 Dick Hays Th' Bull Ridin' Dude It jest so happens that a boy, A bull ridin' friend o' mine, Is laid up with a busted foot That he gathered down th' line. He's got a bull that's comin in
23245 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 75 Dick Hays Deeck Hays Now, I'm ol' Juan, bot I 'spose you know Because Deeck Hays has tole you so. Now how th' hell he geet so smart, I wish I know jus when he start,
23246 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 76 Dick Hays Juan at the Football Game Now me myself, well I'm ol' Juan An' sixty jears have I been born, Bot in all th' jears that here I be, It's never before that I have see
23247 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 77 Dick Hays The Horny Toad Now me ol' Juan set by th' road A-watchin' wan beeg horny toad, While weeteh hees tongue he ketch th' ants That sting like hell when in my pants.
23248 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 78 Dick Hays Juan at the Rodeo Now me ol' Juan, I op an' go, Take me myself to th' rodeo To see them cowboys rope an' ride An geet bucked off an' skin hees hide.
23249 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 79 Dick Hays The Carnival Now me ol' Juan an Jose, Hees pal, We go to see wan carnival, An' at th' gate we pay ten cents To geet inside th' town of tents. An' chore inside ees lots of noise
23250 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 80 Dick Hays The Airplane Ride Now me ol' Juan ees go insane An' take a ride on wan airplane. Thees guy that drives, he wants to know Jus' how high Juan wants to go.
23251 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 1 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant A Night Thought The world around is sleeping, The stars are bright o'erhead, The shades of myalls weeping Upon the sward are spread.
23252 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 81 Dick Hays The Radio Now me ol' Juan go hunt Manuel, For to heem wan cow I wan' to sell, An' when i walk op to Manuel's place Well through th' window i see his face
23253 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 82 Dick Hays The Auto-Mo-Beele Now Ramon hees leeve jus' 'cross my field, Hees buy heemself beeg aut-mo-beele. Instead of plowin' in hees groun', Hee's all th' time ees ride aroun'.
23254 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 83 Dick Hays Juan's Uncle Sam Now me ol' Juan, I meskin man, bot wan good friend to Oncle Sam, An' when ees empty, Sams money sacks, Then me myself go pay my tax.
23255 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 2 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant A Song The sun may shine, the rain may fall, And the world roll round about,-- The king's men and king's horses all Can never rub one thing out.
23256 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 84 Dick Hays The WPA Now me ol' Juan, th' other day Geet wan job weeth WPA. An' me myself ees no geet tired Because th' work she no ees hard. Jus' lean on shovel all th' day,
23257 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 85 Dick Hays Election Time Now me ol' Juan ees popular guy An' me myself ees not know why, Bot wan man come in beeg fine car An' geeve to Juan th' good cigar
23258 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 2 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant A Summer Midnight Athwart the star-lit midnight sky Luminous fleecy clouds drift by, As the mysterious, pallid moon Sinks in the waveless still lagoon.
23259 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 86 Dick Hays Juan's Wife Now me myself an' my good wife, We leeve together mos' of our life. She patch my clothes an' keep them clean, An' cook for me th' chili an' beans.
23260 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 3 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant Love Outlasteth All Could I borrow the laverock's lilting note, Or the silvery song from the blackbird's throat, Then would I warble the whole day long.
23261 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 87 Dick Hays Juan' Birthday Now me ol' Juan I'm old an' gray, For sixty jears I am today,, An' me myself an' quart of wine Chore gonna have a wan beeg time.
23262 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 3 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant Paddy Magee What are you doing now, Paddy Magee? Grafting, or spelling, now, Paddy Magee? Breaking, or branding? Or overlanding.