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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
24441 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 177 Deb Carpenter Two Dogs A pot of coffee sat between them at The Cuny Table Cafe. 'Tween bites of blueberry pie, they talked of the sun and the rain.
24442 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 178 Charlotte Thompson Hats Off You know I've been around awhile, you might say I've paid my dues. I've known cowboys and punchers, waddies and twisters, and quite a few good buckaroos.
24443 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 179 Yvonne Hollenbeck Mortgage One Good Wife When the banker pays a visit to check your inventory, the way he values assets, folks, is quite a different story
24444 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 182 Carmel Randle Vera In a lonely outback homestead Quite remote from city life Lay the station-owner dying-- By his side, his loving wife.
24445 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 184 Kit McLean A Blinding Hell Of Driving Snow A blinding hell of driving snow The pitch of a hill too steep Down the ledges of rocks and ice The coulee's drifted deep
24446 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 185 June Brander Gilman July Thunderstorms The distant hills were under a shroud, A blackened haze from a thundercloud Released a torrent of silver drops That peppered the earth like fired buckshot.
24447 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 187 Gwen Petersen Geezers And Crones Two old cowpokes, Jake and Jerome, Hung up their saddles and went to the Home, For Old Man Time has burned his brand On these elderly cowboys once so grand.
24448 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 189 Linda M. Hasselstrom Keeping An Eye Out The was we use ta break HAWK! ropin' horses was PATOOEY! if you wasn't too choosy about the horse, HAWK!
24449 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 191 Doris Daley Bones Three cowboys sit on a split rail fence, Long on bruises, short on sense. Put 'em together and what do you get? (Besides three pair of jeans and a pile of debt.)
24450 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 1 Jim Ross Saddle Up An R-i-i-i-d-e When you wake up in the morning And the birds are all a-twitter, When the sun is just arising With the mountain peaks a-glitter
24451 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 2 Jim Ross Picky, Picky, Picky A strange rider stopped at mealtime To pass the time of day; He was invited in to luncheon, His horse got oats and hay.
24452 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 3 Jim Ross Me And My Pony Just a ridin', ridin', ridin', across the western plains, My spurs are markin' music, it's circulatin' through my veins; The meadowlarks are singin', the coyote had his say
24453 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 6 Jim Ross A Star Is Born or From Slew Water To Bourbon He was just a drifter passin' through, I found him all tattered and torn; I took Sam in and vowed to see If a cowpoke couldn't be born.
24454 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 8 Jim Ross Even A Cowboy Can Cry If you don't think a cowboy cries Just watch the dew form in his eyes When an old friend gets sick and dies And he must say his last goodbyes.
24455 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 10 Jim Ross Too Good To Sell Somewhere out there on the prairie Is a pony I used to know, Though he wears my J Cross iron He's as free as the drifting snow.
24456 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 12 Jim Ross The Extremes You have heard the old saying about feast or famine; And the fisherman says, "It is sucker or salmon."
24457 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 13 Jim Ross Lil And The Red Dawg Saloon Howlers were in tune at the Red Dawg Saloon On the banks of the Bitterroot, The boardwalk outside was alive and astride With many a high heeled boot.
24458 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 18 Jim Ross Dear Lord I'd be glad to 'cash in' in my wagon, 'Tween the soogans snug in my bed, Using my slicker for pillow, With my bed tarp pulled near my head.
24459 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 17 Jim Ross Aim To Please When your reputation's questioned And you must defend the same, Always shoot 'em in the right eye, That will sure disturb their ain.
24460 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 17 Jim Ross Keep The Faith Though it be cloudy out today, The sun is shining anyway; It may be hidden from your view But still it's shining just like new.
24461 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 18 Jim Ross A Relic Of The Past Behind the corral in sort of a heap Is a home like I used when I once herded sheep; The roof is all gone, the sides in decay, The floor and the wheels are just rotting away.
24462 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 20 Jim Ross Dear Doctor I sure hate bothering a man like you, But this cowboy is in an awful stew; I've not penned a note since my daddy died, Still my feelings are such that I can't hide.
24463 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 22 Jim Ross The Great Ones What's in a horse's name you ask, And just how did they come to be? Well, my Keno, Babe and Daisy Were a prize trio, team of three
24464 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 24 Jim Ross The Way It Used To Be As I spill juice on a scratch pad Recording my throughts of the day, I dream of the times that have been And cowboying the olden way.
24465 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 27 Jim Ross That Blueberry Roan Horses are a lot like humans, They share distinctive traits; But Flanigan, as I recall, Was the worst of reprobates.