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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.


Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23488 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 15 Floyd Oyhus The Stub-Horned Steer It was getting late in the springtime, I'll never forget the year. When this small brockle-faced heifer, Gave birth to this stub-horned steer.
23489 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 17 Floyd Oyhus Strawberry Blond I was laying around town, just a feeling plumb fine; Looking for gals who were rich and had time. When up steps a fellow and says, "I suppose, You're a womanizer by the looks of your clothes."
23490 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 19 Floyd Oyhus Charlie He came out here from the East, To work on this ranch in the hills. He wanted to get the experience And know all the thrills and spills. He took part in all of the roundups, Be they big ones or small ones the same.
23491 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 20 Floyd Oyhus The Feeder Buyer "We've got to get up early, Ma, That buyer comes tomorrow. If we don't take in some cash right quick, We're gonna have to borrow!"
23492 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 23 Floyd Oyhus The Dude's Education He came from down East in New Jersey, And tho't he'd like to be tough. But the way that he rode, And the way that he strode - Never seemed to be quite good enough.
23493 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 25 Floyd Oyhus Midnight Marauder It was getting near Midnight, we were all bedded down; Pa in his long-johns, and Ma in her gown. When out at the henhouse, there arose such a chatter; They jumped from their beds, to see what was the matter.
23494 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 26 Floyd Oyhus The Cowboys Nightmare When I was just a lad, a-growin up out west My father often said to me "Son, try to do your best!" "But there's a promise you must give, and one that you must keep Don't ever stoop so low as to go to herdin sheep!"
23495 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 27 Floyd Oyhus The Porcupine Of all the beasts that roam the woods, Among the cottonwoods and pine, The strangest creature of them all, Is the lowly porcupine!
23496 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 29 Floyd Oyhus The Old Kickin' Tree (Saddle) There's an old kickin' tree that hangs in the barn, Next to the old bronc stall, It's worn and weathered and beaten; The tales it could tell are tall.
23497 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 30 Floyd Oyhus Bachelors Some folks think that all bachelors Are dirty, lazy and mean. But I know quite a few Who in my point of view, Are neat or halfway between. Some of them make a good living,
23498 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 32 Floyd Oyhus The Cowboy's Joy Ride "I'd like to fly a plane sometime," The cowboy said one day. "I'd like to climb above the clouds, And while the time awway! It looks so calm a nd peaceful.
23499 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 35 Floyd Oyhus The Cowboy at the Cattle Sale A cowboy one day, Went out of his way, And stopped at a big Sales Barn. To see how well, The dogies would sell And maybe tell a few yarns.
23500 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 37 Floyd Oyhus Rattlesnakes We tho't we heard a faint buzzing, And everyone left in a rush. If there's anything worse than a snake in the grass, It's a rattlesnake hid in the brush!
23501 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 38 Floyd Oyhus Animal Lovers Well I'm a fellow that's not too old, Not really bad lookin' and not any too bold. But when I ask girls why we shouldn't be wed, There's always some critter that has to be fed.
23502 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 39 Floyd Oyhus The Story Teller He had a set of stories That no one could believe. You weren't supposed to smile or laugh Or ever try to leave. He was so deadly serious
23503 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 42 Floyd Oyhus The Sheepherder's Dream I herded sheep on many a range Till the folks all said I was acting strange. So I packed my gear and burned the shack; Then moved to town and never came back. I went in a bar and pulled out my money;
23504 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 44 Floyd Oyhus The Auctioneer's Dilemma This auctioneer was smooth as silk, When it came to pickin' bids; He was good at slickin' older folks, And a whiz at takin' kids!
23505 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 46 Floyd Oyhus Bronc and Rider The blaring band, the big parade, The preliminaries done; The saddle bronc's ar ein the chute, Their job has just begun.
23506 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 48 Floyd Oyhus Custer's Last Campaign It was the seventeenth of May in Seventy-Six, Custer left Fort Lincoln, the Indians to fix. He had lots of troops and plenty of guts, but later on they tho't he was nuts!
23507 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 50 Floyd Oyhus Nevermore It was getting close to winter, And I didn't have a hinter, Of how I'd keep the wolf from my front door! For I didn't have a hanker, To go and see my banker,
23508 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 52 Floyd Oyhus Chasin Broomtails We jumped the bunch on Ahs Coulee, And they headed for Mike's Creek Divide. We couldn't catch them on top So they dropped down the other side.
23509 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 54 Floyd Oyhus Blessed Event Cowboy Style It was getting on towards midnite, And I was thinkin' of the bed! But I grabbed my coat and flashlite And headed for the barn instead.
23510 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 55 Floyd Oyhus The Wild Old One-Horned Wannagan Cow Now this cow was wild and seldom seen; She always hid in some brushy draws. She only raised an occasional calf; Because the bulls she seldom saw. We found her up on Wannagan Creek.
23511 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 57 Floyd Oyhus The Politician Now this politician was getting gray, But with most of the voters he sure had a way. He smooched all the ladies and hugged all the men, And kissed the baby's again and again.
23512 Riding the Range With Floyd FC 11 O-09 58 Floyd Oyhus Beware of the DVM There were strange things done in the midday sun, by the Doc's who toil for gold; I found that out without a doubt, When I was five years old. IN the olden days there were various ways,