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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.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
24466 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 30 Jim Ross On A Whim Modern bunkhousees nowadays Have jalopies parked far and near; They don't only dim the landscape, They clutter up the atmosphere.
24467 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 32 Jim Ross To John L. Saddles, boots and horses, A cowboy tall and lean; Riding o'er the skyline On ranch that's yet pristine.
24468 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 34 Jim Ross My Old Whitey They say a white horse is tender, Can't stand a full circle ride; "Partner, I'll tell you they're crazy, 'Cuz mine can take it in stride."
24469 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 36 Jim Ross Angora Wooly Chaps Oh, you relics of the past, Nobody wears you anymore; But your place in western archives Is richly laced with cowboy lore.
24470 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 38 Jim Ross Beef Or Mutton Guess I am sort of out of date In this here cow game nowadays; I don't savvy all the lingo, Nor modern beef producin' ways.
24471 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 39 Jim Ross It's Irritatin' I'd been feelin' kinda peaked Since gettin' bucked off on my head, Then a rangy steer embarrassed me And put me smack in bed.
24472 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 42 Jim Ross One More Request, Oh Lord Guess it's time I started sayin' What's been on my mind a while; Just how grateful I am to You For my long life and for its style.
24473 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 44 Jim Ross Croonin' To The Dogies There's not a bucket yet been found That can carry a tune for me; There's no schoolmarm lit my pathway So's I can sing a ding-a-lee.
24474 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 46 Jim Ross It Came To Pass At Duffy's I was at Duffy's havin' gin When this here stranger saunters in; As his eyes made their wary probe I friendlies up, says, "My name's Job."
24475 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 48 Jim Ross The Phantom Steer They seared his hide and cropped his ear, Then slapped his rump and said, "Little steer, Go find your mommy, drink lots of milk, And keep your hair as soft as silk; We'll see you in about four years When we gather in our shipping steers."
24476 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 56 Jim Ross An Old Cowboy's Dilemma Casey rapped on his neighbor's door And entered when he heard "Come in"; Took his ease on a grubbox chair, Offered Charlie a cheery grin.
24477 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 58 Jim Ross Just A Workin' Buckaroo I don't flash a silver buckle, Nor do I sit a hand-tooled kack; My trottin' bag for shirts and jeans Is nothin' but a gunny sack.
24478 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 60 Jim Ross In Need Of A Job I am just an old time waddie, Proddin' bulls has been my game; Now I'm lookin' for some new range To ply my rustin' fame.
24479 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 62 Jim Ross The Bull And The Bear Been a cowman all my livin', By chance I met Wall Street; I thought that feller peddling stock Was selling red steer meat.
24480 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 64 Jim Ross Striking It Rich Did you ever dream of striking it rich, Of uncovering that mother lode; Of finding a lead so deep and so wide Your eyeballs would simply explode?
24481 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 65 Jim Ross Wranglin' With Them She-Dudes Dude wranglin's been with ranchin' Here in the West for years; Since barb wire fenced the ranges And black ponies took on gears.
24482 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 68 Jim Ross The Smartest Deal I Ever Made I got into a shootin' scrape, Two pistols barked as one; Hot lead split the atmosphere, My opponent dropped his gun.
24483 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 70 Jim Ross Bowlegged Pete Cowboy Pete was tall and skinny, Had a face like a tomahawk; His nose and ears and chin as well Would make a jackass gawk.
24484 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 72 Jim Ross Cowboys, Cockleburs, And Crow Bait A band of sheep a-blattin' Ain't the music of cows lowin', But often it's a band of sheep That has kept that cowman goin'.
24485 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 73 Jim Ross The Day My Saddle Horn Blew Off Now wind is part of the weather, It's discussed every day of the week; But you'd best not listen to what's bein' said If it's only the truth that you seek.
24486 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 76 Jim Ross How I Got My Name Some babes' names get handed down From generations of the past; Some are named for presidents Whose fame will ever last.
24487 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 78 Jim Ross Friend Allen He was tall and dark and handsome With a clear twinkle in his eye, And the curl in his friendly smile Was sincere but verged on the sly.
24488 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 80 Jim Ross The Bard's Wife She listens to the first draft And she listens to the last, There's a dozen in-betweeners That her judgement on she's passed.
24489 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 81 Jim Ross An Incident In The Round Corral It was on a frosty morning In the springtime long ago, That two partners, Walt and Joe, Were due to stage a cowboy show.
24490 Saddle Up And R-i-i-i-d-e More Cowboy Poetry FC 11 R-40 84 Jim Ross A Lesson Learned--Check Both Ends I didn't steal that fella's horse, I didn't steal a horse, I say! I just screwed out a picket pin And slowly strode away