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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
24842 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 69 Ray Owens Grandpa's dime Store Glasses I wrote a poem sometime back 'bout how Grandpa could cuss When he felt the provocation, he could sure stir up a fuss. I sitll remember one event that happened long ago
24843 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 71 Ray Owens the boy in the Little Black Hat A while back I was reminiscin'; sorta goin' back in time And recallin' special mem'ries that make up this life of mine while siftin' through the veil of years,
24844 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 72 Ray Owens The Saddle His Granddaddy Rode Just a dusty old saddle with rolled under skirts Its fenders were curled up and cracked. It hardly resembled how it looked in its prime When it sat on a good horse's back.
24845 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 74 Ray Owens Tribute There's a story in the bible; Mathew twenty-five, fourteen 'Bout our talents, how we use 'em; and the good their use can bring.
24846 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 76 Ray Owens Conversation with a Friend Well, the doctor's office called me 'bout an hour or so ago Said they had some news from my last tests they thought I oughtta know
24847 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 82 Ray Owens Maggie What's the story on that old mare? Well, sir that's quite a tale. It would take a while to tell it and NOPE! she ain't for sale. Yeah, we're talkin' 'bout the same horse;
24848 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 85 Ray Owens Charlie Old Charlie's just a burro; he's a long-eared ugly beast In an equine beauty contest, ain't no doubt he'd score the least His appearance ain't exactlty
24849 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 87` Ray Owens Tick Pickin' Time I guess that I'm like most folks; there's some things I hate to do Though I think I'm well-adjusted and my dislikes are just a few But this one chore comes ev'ry year,
24850 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 88 Ray Owens Lucy at the Gate We've got a dog named Lucy; had her now about ten years Never pay her much attention. There's even times when it appears That we hardly know when she's around; or else, don't really care
24851 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 90 Ray Owens Leadin' the Way See that old hide behind me? He ain't just some old steer He's one of the top hands on this place; has been for many a year. A dozen years he's led the drive and sure 'nuff earns his pay
24852 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 91 Ray Owens Meditation Some say stock ain't got no feelin's but I sorta question that 'Cause there's a couple dozen mem'ries tucked away beneath my hat
24853 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 92 Ray Owens Hoss He came strollin' down the road one day, back some time ago Tenor twelve years I'd guess; I really just don't know 'Twas a summer day I recollect,
24854 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 96 Ray Owens First You Feed Your Horse A cold and lust'ry, bitter night The boy was nearly froze His hands were numb upon the reins, No feelin' in his toes
24855 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 98 Ray Owens Some Boots are Made for Keepin' We've got alittle pair of boots we're keepin' just because It seems to us the thing to do, and so far, there ain't no laws Sayin' folks can't keep their mem'ries
24856 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 100 Ray Owens Some Thing Just Never Change Looks like we'll make it, little feller. Just a few more miles to go Then we'll be outta this ol' howlin' wind and cold, bone-chillin' snow That ol' blizzard was a curly wolf,
24857 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 102 Ray Owens The Saga of Sandhills Pete Now Sandhills Pete was sixty-past; been single all his life When one day he just decided that he oughta have a wife He came across an ad while readin' FEEDPEN magazine
24858 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 105 Ray Owens Where do We Go From Here? Ol' hoss, I'll bet you're wond'rin' Where do we go from here? Exactly where it is we're headin' Wall, the answer ain't that clear. I just felt a need for gon'
24859 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 107 Ray Owens Counterfeit The way we knew he wasn't was because he said he was And the real ones never feel the need to claim How good they are or what they've done that makes 'em qualified
24860 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 109 Ray Owens An Inch of Rain There's water runnin' through the draw The road's washed out again But that makes me no never mind 'Cause we got an inch of rain.
24861 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 111 Ray Owens The High School Class Reunion It was in the third week of July, (the hot time of the year), When theyall began to gather from places far and near For their high school class reunion,
24862 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 113 Ray Owens The Legend There's a story told by cowboys from parts near and far away 'Bout a rank, wild buckin' bronco by the name of Y2K. The Y was short for Yeller, the color of his hide
24863 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 114 Ray Owens The Marriage Proposal He wrote a long love letter. Labored hard to get it right It was goin' to his own true love so special in his sight He tried to use the grammar learned in school so long ago
24864 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 115 Ray Owens Ben and the Bikers Most everyone thought he was a dip or two short Of havin' a full can of snuff but nobody cared 'cause he seemd liek the sort Who'd stick around when the gon' got rough.
24865 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 118 Ray Owens The Bull Kitty My daddy told a story once. He swore that it was true. If he said it was, then I guess it is; so I'll tell the tale to you. Back in the nineteen-twenties, in Oklahoma in the town Where Dad was a-workin' at the time,
24866 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 120 Ray Owens Fixin' to Get Excitin' Waal, it's fixin to git excitin', boys. I'll bet my hat it is! That doggoned muley calf I roped has got things in a 'tiz! Ol' Cal, he slowly drawled those words while doin' his best to hide