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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
24016 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 4 Danny W. Dutton Chronic Stress I see his shirt pocket In it, a crumpled Yellow Sheet He has that frazzled look His hair - incomplete.
24017 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 7 Danny W. Dutton The Penrider His eyes are steady His gaze is long His brow is sweaty He can't be wrong
24018 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 8 Danny W. Dutton The Sniff Test The state has finally filed suit Against a certain feedlot where Some people wish to dispute The quality of air
24019 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 10 Danny W. Dutton A Nickel Slide An ode to the buyer Who deserves some respect Somethin' he needs But don't often get
24020 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 15 Danny W. Dutton Shoat I've had some experience with the workin' cow-horse There were some good and there were some bad, of course
24021 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 19 Danny W. Dutton Wallflower In The Sortin' Alley My honey is a wall-flower A thing of beauty I got in town She ain't used to ranch life yet An' I think it's got her down
24022 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 23 Danny W. Dutton Shotgun Billy Honky Tonk When he walked into the room, We knew he was a different breed. He looked fresh off the ranch.
24023 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 25 Danny W. Dutton Holidays Christmas Day, '86 Doctoring crew It was snowing Long before light We were at work The wind was blowing Hands were cold Fingers numb Noses glowing
24024 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 29 Danny W. Dutton The Nut Lever Somewhere, today, on some outfit out there At the height of modern mechanism A fellow is carefully castrating bulls With a contrivance of Italian derision
24025 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 31 Danny W. Dutton The Environmental Cow Back in '91 just for some fun, I invented the truly demented but environmentally sound, poud for nourishing pound, cholesterol free, bona fide bovine breed.
24026 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 34 Danny W. Dutton Romeo's True Regret Folks are often misled and downcast by their own bad premonition. Limited by their own fool minds and certain lacking ambition.
24027 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 36 Danny W. Dutton Cowboy Caterwaul I swear and declare, the sounds a man makes to make a cow move. They whoop, twirlin' loops like lost fruitcakes with somethin' to prove.
24028 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 38 Danny W. Dutton Gift Horse For free I fed his cattle through the cold Wheat thinnin' out and hard blowin' snow Ridin' pasture and takin' care Of all the cattle he had there
24029 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 41 Danny W. Dutton Cold-Backed Roan You ride ol' Blue And I'll ride ol' Roany Don't matter to me What color my pony
24030 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 45 Danny W. Dutton The First Loop Choke down yer loop And hold back yer spit Take hold of yer horn This is finally it
24031 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 47 Danny W. Dutton EZ Ranch You wanna see my PhD It's in the back of my truck With the rest of my luck Post-hole diggers, wire, and debris
24032 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 48 Danny W. Dutton Fool's Gold Sunshine trickles down the bedroom door And makes a puddle on the floor My body struggles to wake itself I stand and grip the nearest shelf
24033 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 50 Danny W. Dutton Tragic Demise The calf was sick But quick And he picked up speed Coursed through the weed
24034 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 55 Danny W. Dutton The Pawn Shop Rough-out leather darkened by sweat, oil, and wear and smooth in places where the miles rubbed by Of rain and snow it cracks and scratches bared where I had failed to wipe it dry
24035 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 59 Danny W. Dutton Burning Beef On Onions He'd never been shod. His feet had never been trimmed. To catch this brute, you simply hemmed Him in the corner of a lot.
24036 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 65 Danny W. Dutton The Bushy Baldy Salt cedar swayed with the dry hot West Texas wind Turning its silver feathered branches over and swaying back again.
24037 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 68 Danny W. Dutton The Back Forty "There's a place or two "That's got some brush," He said to you, In a kind of rush.
24038 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 70 Danny W. Dutton The Cowboy in the Steel-Toed Tennis Shoes Irreversible are the trends of the modern fashion scene. They dress people up in ways that are sometimes obscene.
24039 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 72 Danny W. Dutton Just Ask Chance On a hot summer day down Saginaw way I went to see my first real ranch rodeo
24040 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 79 Danny W. Dutton Ridin' Herd A horseless rider His mind a high hope Brandin' iron one hand The other, a rope