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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23538 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 5 Barney Hill Cowboy Hats You've seen em I know both skinny and fat inside or out a wearin their hat.
23539 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 7 Barney Hill Soap n Water The sheepherders were a different lot some were clean and some were not some could cook a lamb in a stew and make it mighty pleasin to chew.
23540 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 11 Barney Hill Cowboys I've known cowboys that couldn't read I've known some that couldn't write I've seen em in the saddle at sun up and not make it to bed that night.
23541 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 15 Barney Hill Irl and the Gunslinger Years ago in the foothills of Idaho I was ridin, furthin the cowboy myth with a buckaroo, call his first name Joe.
23542 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 18 Barney Hill Feedin Cows Now I'm atellin you this in confidence You'll think that I'm plum crazy but I love a feedin cows when the days are cold and hazy.
23543 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 20 Barney Hill The Misplace Buckaroo My friends I'm gonna tell you a story you know it's purt near true bout a fella purty close to me I call him the mis placed buckaroo
23544 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 27 Barney Hill Oren and the Bear Young Oren, Buster, and little Joe was a ridin makin summer wages aroundin up ole mossy horns that in a zoo woulda been in cages
23545 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 33 Barney Hill Horse Deals I had nothin to do just time to kill so I went to town on sale day I's doin just fine asittin on my hands when they ran in this fine lookin hay
23546 Winter Wages FC 11 H-51 41 Barney Hill My Prayer Well howdy Lord its me again seems as if I'm always apestern but Lord I'm sure a sinful man my insides are afestern.
23547 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 1 Georgie Connell Sicking Blaze A little chestnut sorrel horse, With the whites showin' strong in his eyes. Many times he throwed me, Right straight up toward the skies.
23548 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 4 Georgie Connell Sicking That Old Black Cow Toward the end of the Big Depression I couldn't tell you how. The government got some money, And bought our drouth-stricken cows.
23549 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 6 Georgie Connell Sicking Once A Top A Horse Old Topper, you've been a pal to me, Many are the miles you've went, To see the cattle with me.
23550 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 8 Georgie Connell Sicking After The Summer Rains Did you ever ride the desert rangeland, After the summer rains? Feel the air so warm and moist, See cattle on the gain.
23551 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 10 Georgie Connell Sicking In A Mountain Shack Alone You're all alone in a mountain shack, Many miles from town. Tis the fall of the year, And you can hear the leaves fall softly down.
23552 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 12 Georgie Connell Sicking To A Pal Old pal, I have left you, I have strayed from your range. Someting happened, That made me change.
23553 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 13 Georgie Connell Sicking To Be A Top Hand When I was a kid and doing my best to Learn ways of our land, I thought mistakes were never made by A real top hand.
23554 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 15 Georgie Connell Sicking Snow Storm Snow on the ground, cold wind a'blowin', Been at it all night and it's still snowin'. Twenty-five miles cross the country to home, Got to ride it today, got to ride all alone.
23555 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 18 Georgie Connell Sicking Doctoring Worms You have had some stormy weather, Some good old summer rain. The grass is draggin' on your stirrups, And cattle on the gain.
23556 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 20 Georgie Connell Sicking Just A Little Feller He was just a long-legged baby, When his mammy ran away, She left him there on the range alone, On a sunny day in May.
23557 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 21 Georgie Connell Sicking Old Tuff Old Tuff was a catch dog, used where manzanita and oak brush were thick. We used him on wild cattle, some of their hides were slick.
23558 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 23 Georgie Connell Sicking No Life For A Lady Afer ridin' all day in the hot summertime, It is evenin' and canyons are shady. This is the time I begin to believe that cowboyin' Is no life for a lady.
23559 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 24 Georgie Connell Sicking Jim Bennett I once knew a little old feller, Jim Bennett was his name. He was known in all the cow camps For his story-tellin' fame.
23560 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 26 Georgie Connell Sicking Lightnin' On the O.R.O.'s where the remuda is made up, of each man's string, There was a horse called Lightnin', of all the remuda he was king.
23561 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 28 Georgie Connell Sicking The Old Home Ain't The Same Place The old home ain't the same place, Since you are gone. The days and nights are lonely for me now, But, darlin', though it's Hell, I want You to get well, and until then Well, I'll get by somehow.
23562 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 29 Georgie Connell Sicking The Kid I'm a curly wolf from Bitter Creek, And tonight's my night to howl. As I go around from place to place, I'm really on the prowl.