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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
23714 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 9 Mary Borm The Hawk For seven days he stood there, At her side or just close by. He seemed to understand, That she could not rise up and fly.
23715 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 10 Mary Borm Farm Sale Junkie We have the greatest self help groups, For folks who drink too much, And for the kleptomaniacs, Whos steal each thing they touch.
23716 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 12 Mary Borm The Cowboy's Creed This man of mine, is mighty fine, A cowboy through and through. He'll rope a calf, take time to laugh, Do what he has to do.
23717 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 14 Mary Borm The Heat It's hot, my word, it's hot! They said, it's ninety three. Feels more like a hundred, With this humidity.
23718 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 15 Mary Borm The Test Who left the freezer open? Just who do we blame for this? What happened to those scientists, And their analysis?
23719 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 16 Mary Borm Memories In 1978, after thirty some years on the same place Dad and mom retired. They sold what was left of the farm ground, the pigs, all the machinery, picked up the house and moved it to town.
23720 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 18 Mary Borm It's Too Dark? One day in late September, We left home at six AM. We share our work with neighbors, They help us and we help them.
23721 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 19 Mary Borm First Snow September 29, 1995 We were to move cattle to fresher pasture today but awoke to rain. The boss postponed until after lunch.
23722 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 20 Mary Borm Remember To Laugh In a pasture, alongside a highway, There's a bathtub where cows can find salt. An old fashioned, enamel, footed affair, So the owner must have found fault.
23723 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 21 Mary Borm More Famous Last Words The Boss said, "Stand still he won't hit ya." A mouthful of famous last words. That gal wasn't goin' no where. She stood frozen, his warning half heard.
23724 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 22 Mary Borm Who Needs This? I woke today, again convinced, That I don't need this pain. The price of beef, the cost to live, The constant mental drain.
23725 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 24 Mary Borm The Coyote The coyote was real hungry. He was nearly starved to death. He couldn't hardly take a step, Nor draw a ragged breath.
23726 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 26 Mary Borm The Man's Sick! I stepped in the house late one evenin'. Just home from some ladies event. I was thinkin' to greet my better half, And ask him how his day went.
23727 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 27 Mary Borm Desperation We, in the cattle raising business, find ourselves in a tight spot in this year of 1995. With the price of cattle being so low, the cost of feed and simply living being so high, it is threatening our very existence.
23728 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 28 Mary Borm The Storm Outside, the storm's a ragin', The snow drifts pilin' high. I hear the wind a blowin', I hear the cattle cry.
23729 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 29 Mary Borm Radios I'm the world's worst worry wart, I bite nails and walk the floor. And when the boss is gone too long, I seem to worry more.
23730 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 30 Mary Borm The Ducks The ducks stop awhile, But often don't stay. They rest a few days then, They're on their way.
23731 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 31 Mary Borm Mother's Love For years, as I sat and watched TV, There's an ad I would review, Telling folks, "You are wasting your lives." "And the Peace Corps is for you."
23732 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 33 Mary Borm Progress We watched as a tradition died, And progress reared it's head. That day when hay stacks bit the dust. Round bales were made instead.
23733 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 34 Mary Borm The Calico Cat When the winter was still a bit frosty, But the sunshine was toasty and warm. Our young, Calico cat went to folic, She'd been couped up for days in the storm.
23734 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 35 Mary Borm Help! This little ranch is heaven. Just the perfect size for two. As hayin' season rolls around, There's just so much to do.
23735 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 36 Mary Borm Auctioneers I've been to tons of sales in my life, But can't say that's my forte'. There's a farm sales, and antique sales, Or estate sales that last all day.
23736 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 38 Mary Borm The Nightmare We had gone to the Valentine Livestock Barn, With the thought, We'd buy us some light steers.
23737 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 42 Mary Borm Morning As I wake on an autumn morn, And fight for clarity. I wonder, as I always do, What this day holds for me.
23738 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 44 Mary Borm The Christmas Gift My office is the kind of place A rat pack could reside. And though I do get messy, It's a trait, I can't abide.