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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
24266 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 12 Dick Nichols A Cowboy Grieves High on a hill on a cold winters night I set on my horse in the snow With tears in my eyes, I look to the skies But she lays in the valley below
24267 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 13 Dick Nichols This Great Land Above the mighty river The snow capped mountains rise With majesty and grace Into the western skies
24268 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 14 Dick Nichols The Perfect Maiden For weeks and months and even years I have searched around this land To find the perfect maiden And ask her for her hand
24269 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 15 Dick Nichols A Woman's Answer I have read your many stories As you smile and smirk and jest I thought you were a friend of mine But you're as bad as all the rest
24270 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 17 Dick Nichols I'll Miss That Old Tree I walked today in the forest To enjoy the sights and the sound When a tree I'd walked past for years Came suddenly crashing down
24271 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 18 Dick Nichols A Winter Morn I hear them critters bawlin But it's an hour yet 'till dawn I snuggle in a little deeper And lay wishin they was gone
24272 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 20 Dick Nichols A Driver's Luck While driving through the Texas plains I met a girl one-day, I took her in my truck, But I couldn't make her stay.
24273 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 23 Dick Nichols Dust Bowl I am sittin in my kitchen With a sad look on my face A look that is quite common In this god forsaken place
24274 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 24 Dick Nichols It's Time To Go In a lonely mountain valley A weathered cabin stands For sixty years a happy home Well kept by loving hands
24275 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 26 Dick Nichols A Girl Like You I have traveled nigh a million miles And maybe even more, From the tropics down in Mexico To the frozen Arctic shore.
24276 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 27 Dick Nichols By Light of Dawn A reverent silence mutes the morning As I turn to meet the dawn My heart is aching badly For a friend of mine is gone
24277 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 28 Dick Nichols Days End I sit upon my pony and look Across the rolling hills, I listen to a lonely coyote And some distant whip-pore-wills
24278 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 30 Dick Nichols Our Love For Her A young mother sat in the church pew And held tight to her husbands hand As they bid farewell to their baby A loss they could not understand
24279 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 31 Dick Nichols My Neighbor The cars out on the highway Still go rumbling by An airplane rattles windows As it roars across the sky
24280 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 32 Dick Nichols A Wantabe I want to be a cowboy, You hear this every day, Not from little boys and girls, But from some who are turning gray
24281 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 33 Dick Nichols The Dream Oh the hills of Colorado Where the mountain breezes blow So lovely in the winter time Covered deep by the drifting snow
24282 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 34 Dick Nichols To A Special Friend You havelistened to my tales of woe And laughed at every joke Given comfort when I'm feeling low And offered money when I'm broke
24283 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 35 Dick Nichols Our Precious Dreams Don't take away my dreams Don't put me on the shelf Don't force me to withdraw To live within myself
24284 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 36 Dick Nichols Where Did He Go I ask, "What is a cowboy?" And, "Where did this cowboy go?" I ask, "Who is this cowboy?" But who is left to really know?
24285 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 38 Dick Nichols Wild Freedom I feel the freedom in your heart my friend And see defiance in your eye As you leave us earth bound creatures and soar grandly in the sky
24286 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 39 Dick Nichols Christmas Love Christmas time has come again As it does most every year The fondest wish a dad could have Would be to have you here
24287 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 40 Dick Nichols Fuelishness It all started with a donkey Back when history had its start, He carried loads upon his back And sometimes pulled a cart.
24288 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 42 Dick Nichols The Hunter Gooseless Greg In the foggy northern tundra A downy gosling lay, Tucked safe and warm at mothers breast Against the frigid day.
24289 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 44 Dick Nichols Aunt Mary Was Away Old Uncle was alone that night Aunt Mary was away She had gone to visit Grandma And decided she would stay
24290 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 46 Dick Nichols County Fair Day We always had a county fair A very festive time of year Folks throughout the hills Would come from far and near