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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23588 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 75 Georgie Connell Sicking Hold The Cut And Take The Cussin' Hold the cut and take the cussin', Is a sayin' in a cowboy life - A good place for a gunsel or, Maybe for a cowboy's wife.
23589 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 76 Georgie Connell Sicking Rabbit Track Mind I got myself a cow dog, One of the working kind. He had all the looks and he had all the moves, But he had a rabbit track mind.
23590 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 78 Georgie Connell Sicking The Making Of A Hand Was packing out salt on the old F C, When what should walk out in front of me, But a long ear'd heifer fair of face, No brand, long ears and ready for a race.
23591 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 80 Georgie Connell Sicking The Glory Trail I've worked hard and I've rode hard, Had my ups and downs Always working on the ranches, Stayin' away from town.
23592 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 82 Georgie Connell Sicking Cowboy Bedroll That old cowboy bedroll helped, Make a home away from home, For many a most broke cowboy, Who had the yen to roam.
23593 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 83 Georgie Connell Sicking That Long Ear'd Bull We had been range brandin' on Elephant Mountain, Evening was coming on. Horses tired and sweaty, Been riding them since dawn.
23594 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 86 Georgie Connell Sicking Wings And Things In our part of the country, Flying things are taking over. Cattlemen better grab your hats, And head right out for cover!
23595 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 87 Georgie Connell Sicking Cowboy's Wife Many stories have been told, Of the cowboys romantic life. I have a different story to tell, That of a cowboy's wife.
23596 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 89 Georgie Connell Sicking Why Is A Cowboy A Cowboy? "Why is a cowboy a cowboy?" A city feller asked me one day. Why is a paint horse born with spots, And a bay horse just a bay?
23597 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 90 Georgie Connell Sicking The Greatest Sport An old Nevada mustang, As wild as she could be, I'll tell you all for sure, She made gambler out of me.
23598 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 92 Georgie Connell Sicking The Way It Is An old hen cackled, From a nest that she had hid. Then the rooster cackled, Come see what we did.
23599 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 93 Georgie Connell Sicking That Little Old Coyote He steals my chickens, He steals my geese. Never let's me be at peace. That little ole coyote.
23600 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 95 Georgie Connell Sicking Dust Devils When the dust devils dance on the hard pan, laughing in fendish glee. Saying look what the politicians have done for you and me.
23601 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 96 Georgie Connell Sicking A Modern Way of Working Cattle I had a dream the other night, and what I say is true. I wanted to work the cattle, like the modern cowboys do.
23602 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 97 Georgie Connell Sicking Lora and the Inspiration She was always there before me, like a beacon in the distance. A challenge that forever led me on.
23603 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 98 Georgie Connell Sicking Free Verse I once knew an Indian fellow, he was old and he was wise. Many things and many places, had passed before his eyes.
23604 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 99 Georgie Connell Sicking My Prayer Poem Lord, as you look upon us, you've given us the best, Of faith, hope and courage, the women of the west.
23605 Just More Thinking FC 11 S-69 100 Georgie Connell Sicking Heaven When I get to Heaven, if I get to Heaven, will the wild horses be running there? Will the wild roses bloom in the canyons, sending fragrance in the air?
23606 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 5 B.S. Aitken Old Tom Old Tom cowboyed for many years -- A better hand was hard to find from years of sweat and alkali dust -- His eyes got bad, he went blind.
23607 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 6 B.S. Aitken Water Baptism Where ever there are ranches that hire workin men There'll be bunkhouses that they will gather in Stories will be told, -- Cowboys will relate The worst trouble one's been in -- is a subject to debate.
23608 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 9 B.S. Aitken Education We'd rounded up the cattle - headed for the summer range Taken along some college gals who wanted to cowboy for a change.
23609 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 11 B.S. Aitken The Sheephearders Revenge Out in a Western state -- A sheepman leads his crew It takes a lot of real estate to run a band or two.
23610 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 13 B.S. Aitken Cowboy Doctorin Most cowboys I know can fix anything With a chunk of balin wire or an old sack string They can fix up a saddle or sow up a shirt Heal up critters thats been cut or hurt
23611 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 14 B.S. Aitken The County Fair Old Shorty and Slim showed up at the County Fair Slim done a little ropin and won some money there Well - They had too many snorts of old John Barley corn Ended up tryin to blow their saddle horn.
23612 Checkin The Back Trail FC 11 A-19 17 B.S. Aitken Chicken Feed Horses I'm just a bankrupt cowboy -- and folks it ain't no joke I have a bunch of horses -- that always keep me broke.