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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
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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
24066 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 7 Gale Drewry Ginger Was Her Name I love my old mustangs, yes I love them all. But there's one I'm remembering from along time ago. She'd lift her head up and she'd snicker to me. Just an old mustang - Ginger was her name.
24067 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 8 Gale Drewry The Shack Out Back Here I sit in the little shack out back The one where I got pinched by that crack Where the snow drifted in from a hole in the back
24068 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 9 Gale Drewry Great Grandson of Strawberry Roan I lived right next door to the old 44 Back years ago when I was a kid I had a great grandson of the Strawberry Roan As a lot of the neighbors can atone
24069 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 10 Gale Drewry Montana Meadowlark A big gray bird with a big yellow breast A big black V neck tie there on his chest At singing his song he is the best Says its springtime out here in the Midwest
24070 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 11 Gale Drewry Run Buffalo Run Hooves like lighting flash in the sun Run buffalo run, run buffalo run Take your life with arrows and the knife Run buffalo run, run buffalo run
24071 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 12 Gale Drewry Old Babes Runaway A long time ago when I was just a kid We drove a horse and cart to school like most kids did But this day would be different riding in that old cart A passing gas truck gave old Babe a sudden start
24072 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 13 Gale Drewry In The Beginning In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth He made the mountains, water, trees and the grass He did it in six days and a fine job He done But on the seventh He sat down to enjoy His bright sun
24073 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 14 Gale Drewry An Old Dying Breed I'm the last don't you see of an old dying breed. A cowboy that nobody needs; the wild horse he goes, But nobody knows what it does to a cowboy when they're gone.
24074 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 15 Gale Drewry Riding the Bronco I'm neigh 60 years old so I've been told At riding those bronco's I'm still really bold You see to get better when you're getting old Cause I've got a blue roan that hasn't been rolled
24075 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 16 Gale Drewry What About the Free As I went out a riding one day Along my favorite ridge I saw the big white horse Coming on the run
24076 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 17 Gale Drewry Old Bossy's Direct Hit Here's to that old milk cow Who gives milk so they say But mine never did I had to take it away
24077 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 18 Gale Drewry A Cowboy's Dream One more time I'd like to relive Chasing wild horses out over that ridge Swap old tales of the times that we had It wasn't always easy and sometimes was sad
24078 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 19 Gale Drewry Big White Horse Jesus is coming to get us on a big white horse I know For if it were not the truth He would have told me so. I'm going to help Him roundup His Christians and you know And take them up to Heaven on a big white horse I know
24079 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 20 Gale Drewry Old Billy's Last Ride One day on a hill I met Cowboy Slim. His face taut, his eyes sad and grim. I ask why you sit here on this hill? Slim said, "Down that canyon lies my Brother Bill."
24080 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 21 Gale Drewry Pamela Cayer I was struggling through life, there was so much strife It seemed like it was at an end Then it happened to me I was set free My Pamela, Pamela Cayer
24081 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 22 Gale Drewry Blue Bird Trail Ghosts Riding along the old Blue Bird Trail Like the old cowboys did our cattle for sale Around the campfire to the old cowboys we toast But out here on the trail old cowboys are ghosts
24082 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 23 Gale Drewry In Jesus I Believe I wrote this poem for Jesus He's the one who paid it all So I'll thank Him oh so kindly Where I sell my calves this fall
24083 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 24 Gale Drewry Breaking the Rumuda They say they're breaking Broncs They were gonna run wild horses From Fort Peck to the Big Dry Saddled up my horses to give it a try
24084 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 25 Gale Drewry On The Mountain I have traveled the whole wide world over and I've seen everything you can see I have tasted all life has to offer but there's nothing so good as God's great love
24085 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 2 Yvonne Hollenbeck The "Western Words" Dictionary We raise a lot of horses out on our Dakota ranch and my husband likes to break some every time he gets a chance
24086 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 4 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Ranch Wife I've been asked many times in my travels what it's like on a ranch in the West; and I guess that my life is quite different, 'cause there aren't many ranch wives that's left.
24087 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 6 Yvonne Hollenbeck What Would Martha Do? Martha's making millions showing people how to cook with her syndicated TV Show, her magazines and books. But she don't know a darned bit more than gals like me and you 'though we don't get a nickel for the many things we do.
24088 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 8 Yvonne Hollenbeck Why Jane Left Ted I'm sure you've seen the tabloids ...don't believe a thing they've said; I think I know the real scoop as to just why Jane left Ted.
24089 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 11 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Corner Grocery Store They say she almost crumbled when he told her he was through;; he wanted to be free again...he'd found somebody new.
24090 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 12 Yvonne Hollenbeck Snakes Suppose you were to hear someone say, "We are going snake hunting this afternoon. Want to go along?" Would you think they were planning some jungle expedition?