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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
23866 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 65 Don Bishop The Storm When morning finally got here, We saddled and rode up the hill. The sight of our wheat lying on the ground Broke my heart - It still brings a chill.
23867 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 67 Don Bishop A Hundred Years The most beautiful sounds in the world, it seems, Came to me last night in wonderful dreams. I'd never heard sounds of thousands of steers, But their ghostly bawling rang in my ears.
23868 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 69 Don Bishop Brothers We grew up together. Mom thought we'd moved to the barn. Seems our slice of heaven Was there on that farm.
23869 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 71 Don Bishop The Rule Of Life If the yardstick of wealth Is a rich man's tool, Measuring power and money On the ticks of a rule.
23870 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 72 Don Bishop Second Watch Stampede Drivin' this herd from Texas Ten other hands and me Takin' them up North Wherever that may be.
23871 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 77 Don Bishop They Rode Good Horses As they rode into the twentieth century, the farthest They'd seen was from the highest hill they'd climbed on a horse.
23872 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 79 Don Bishop Young Again When I think back on the spring of my life, The whole world was bright, fresh, and clear. Like waiting all winter for a new crop of colts... The promise, the future, each year.
23873 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 81 Don Bishop Wild Horses Wild horses are like your wildest dreams. They're thunder in a pouring rain.
23874 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 83 Don Bishop Time If there comes a time Man no longer needs a horse, Surrounds 'em all with fences, Rides just for fun or sports.
23875 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 85 Don Bishop Legs Of Youth For most of my life My heart has been strong. My eyes have been keen, My legs have run long.
23876 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 87 Don Bishop Now Angels Ride Her When Father Time caught my mare The leaves were turning brown. She was suffering and couldn't eat, It was time to put her down.
23877 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 91 Don Bishop Just A Little Closer You taught me to ride Before I could run. You made me smile And made my life fun.
23878 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 93 Don Bishop Cowboys And Indians The rain uncovered a spearhead today I was out moving cows on my land. As I reached down, I couldn't help wonderin' "How long was it hidden, untouched by man?"
23879 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 95 Don Bishop Thirty Years Thirty years ago, If you'd asked me What I wanted to be When I grew up, I'd have said, "a cowboy".
23880 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 97 Don Bishop Leather And Steel I love my old cowboy relics. Throughout the West they did roam. Saddles, spurs, bits, branding irons, and chaps, now corralled up in my home.
23881 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 99 Don Bishop Dad He loved music, horses, And western movies. There was a big soft spot In his heart just for me.
23882 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 101 Don Bishop Precious Flowers I wish I knew why it happened. Is it really part of a plan? I hope we'll find a reason To help us all understand.
23883 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 103 Don Bishop Grandpa's Trail The cow camps all emptied And the land grew fences. His buddies dwindled to a few.
23884 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 105 Don Bishop The Saddle I've still got his spurs Hangin' on my mantle, With the chaps and a rope He used herdin' those cattle.
23885 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 107 Don Bishop The Promise I signed on with the ranch of God. A job for me He'll save. And when I'm called, I want to ride Ole Skyball to my grave.
23886 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 15 Jake Conkin Silk 'N' Silver Now a Buckaroo's A special breed at that He wears the strangest gear The oddest bein' his hat.
23887 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 16 Jake Conkin Deep And Still A day on the range in January weather Chilled to the bone - sittin' on cold cracked leather. The winds whistlin' thru the old stiff slicker Silence, often broken only by a horse's pathetic knicker.
23888 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 17 Jake Conkin The Last Hangin' He was a bank robber we were told Tarred and feathered, he didn't look too bold He was paraded down the crowded main street Many eggs and rotten tomatoes there to meet.
23889 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 18 Jake Conkin My First Pair Of Spurs I was only twelve when they let me go To ride my pony on a roundup show. On the grasslands of the Chapperon range My first rope tosses lookin' mighty strange.
23890 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 19 Jake Conkin Hobbles, Half Hitches And Old Age Twitches Ridin' the high country Was their desire As they planned their trip The bullshit got higher'n'higher