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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
23739 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 45 Mary Borm Old Red Old Red was the best bull we had, For a while. When it came to the ladies, That devil had style.
23740 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 49 Mary Borm Snow I weep when leaves die and fall, Yet rejoice with the coming of snow. It spills from a slate grey, ominous sky, And covers the ground below.
23741 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 50 Mary Borm The Egg As we sat and watched out the window, A turkey laid an egg. She'd squatted an dpuffed up and wriggled, Then regained her legs.
23742 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 52 Mary Borm Mountain Oysters I was raised on a farm in the valley, 'Long where the Platte River flows. We had cattle, crops and hardships, Just like every dirt farmer knows.
23743 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 55 Mary Borm Weight Conscious I've always known that I was small, There's nothin' I can do. And when you get to be my age, Your bloomin' days are through!
23744 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 56 Mary Borm Spoiled We moved to the ranch, It's been a while now. I wanted two pigs, Some sheep and a cow.
23745 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 58 Mary Borm Interdependence My husband knows I'm crazy, It don't bother him at all. In fact, he stand behind me, Just to catch me if I fall.
23746 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 60 Mary Borm Hermits We moved up here a few years back, Some folks don't comprehend. How we can live so far away, And never see our friends.
23747 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 61 Mary Borm Questions The saddest sights to meet my eye, As we're driving our back country roads. Are empty ranches with barns falling down, And houses left to erode.
23748 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 62 Mary Borm The Boquet I know, for years you watched me, And it broke your heart in two. Although you wished me happiness, There nothing you could do.
23749 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 63 Mary Borm Sue 'Em There's times when we're together, That we gals start to complain. It helps to ease the tension, So we don't all go insane.
23750 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 64 Mary Borm The Gate The boss went to an auction. Now ain't that a big surprise? I stayed to watch the cows. Deal with whatever what might arise.
23751 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 65 Mary Borm It's Ours It's ours, for a while, This ranch in the hills. We work and we struggle, To pay all the bills.
23752 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 66 Mary Borm Honor My dad was quite a tough ole bird, When I was just a kid. He had a strong philosophy, For everything he did.
23753 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 67 Mary Borm Calving Season Calving season has officially begun. The boss reported yesterday, after his evening check, we had our first calf.
23754 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 68 Mary Borm The Spring Meet The pairs were shut up for the storm, That may come or may not. So the calves held a trackmeet, Out there in the windmill lot.
23755 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 70 Mary Borm Elmer When God made me, He showed the humor He had. He made me a girl, But I'm build like a lad.
23756 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 73 Mary Borm Mass Destruction When the forest calls, we all come runnin', At least those of us who are broke. The job ain't so bad that we can't survive, And the money will hep line our poke.
23757 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 74 Mary Borm Over The Hill So, you turned forty. Welcome to the geriatric group! Your life is on a downhill slide, Friend, you ain't worth a poop!
23758 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 75 Mary Borm The New Year The air is alive with sounds of the night, Snow crunches under your feet. The cows murmur greetings to newborn calves, Their voices so bittersweet.
23759 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 76 Mary Borm Rest In Peace I place wildflowers on your grave, A token of my love. I picked them from the Sandhills, Amid the call of doves.
23760 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 77 Mary Borm The Obstacle Course On a day when there was much to be done, The chicken feed ran out too soon. And here it was Saturday mornin', With the Mercantile closin' at noon.
23761 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 79 Mary Borm Blizzard We're talkin' about a blizzard. The one that comes each year. With cold and frigid temp'atures, And snow up to your rear.
23762 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 80 Mary Borm Family It started back some years ago. This lady wed this man. Then somewhere in the time that passed, Our family began.
23763 I Was Raised In A Barn FC 11 B-64 81 Mary Borm Differences What is it that folks look for When they drive through our hills? Do they see the beauty, Feel the peace that they instill?