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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
24892 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 163 Ray Owens Ridin' Tall Thru Time Cowboy Poetry Gatherin's are fav'rite thing of mine The traditions, codes, and values from another place and time Are sitll alive and kickin' and I'm kinda glad to say
24893 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 164 Ray Owens Please Pass the Confusion There's some overwhelmin' evidence the evidence is wrong The truth gets so abused thesse days it's hard to go along With hardly anythig you see or hear or read about
24894 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 166 Ray Owens Someone Always Tops Your Story Ever thought 'bout how your problems, which you thought were just your own Are the same as other people's, if the truth was only known? Maybe not the same, exactly; but they're not so far apart
24895 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 167 Ray Owens In the Evenin' After Supper In the evenin' after supper, near the clson' of the day With the horses grained and watered, and fed a block of hay An' the evenin' breeze starts coolin' off the stif'lin' summer heat, I like to sit out on the porch
24896 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 168 Ray Owens Strong Enuff It's been my observation, watchin' how folks live their lives That some are felled by life's hard knocks while ohters seem to thrive In spite of woes or sorrows,
24897 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 170 Ray Owens Where is Heaven? Where is Heaven? folks have asked; i guess, since time began. That question's been debated by some educated men. It's a question that I've pondered some, near as long as I've been livin'
24898 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 171 Ray Owens What it's All About Character, the old man said, is what it's all about; It's what keeps a feller gon' when his world turns inside out. Now, I don't know if Mr. Webster would for certain sure agree But the gumption in our gizzard is what it's always meant to me
24899 Cowboys & Dog Tales FC 11 O-11 Tim O'Bryne essays
24900 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 173 Ray Owens Visitin' a Friend Down a tw-lane gravel road a-piece, Not far beyond a bend; Is a place I love to visit 'Cause that feller is my friend. Now and then I got o see him And it always makes my day
24901 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 174 Ray Owens Fifty Some-Odd Years Ago Just yesterday, I think it was; At least that's how it seems. The world and all it held was mine, A young man filled with dreams. Of challenges to conquer
24902 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 178 Ray Owens Destiny (The Perfect Husband) It ain't easy, bein' perfect! Fact it's downright hard on you Sometimes I get plumb tuckered out formall that I go through But I fulfill my obligations, cause thereain't no use to run
24903 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 180 Ray Owens If you Ain't Fair if You Cain't Cheat Ever since he'd been a little boy, he'd always bent the rules Deecivin' and connivin' had become the useful tools He skillfully employed to get whatever he desired.
24904 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 181 Ray Owens Bein' Me It's odd how folks can be at times, ill-mannered and so crude Why, sometimes their behavior is just plain ol' downright rude. But if you get your feelin's hurt, they'll say,
24905 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 183 Ray Owens Inside by the Fire Some daysi n January are just plain hard to admire Unless you have the luxury of sittin' by the fire They're cold and bleak and drizzly, and alot of clothes require It's sure a heap more comfortable
24906 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 184 Ray Owens The Secret of Longevity I ain't opposed to usual customs It's not birthdays that I fear And since I've been getitin' older I'm tryin' to have one ev'ry year. Seems to me that reg'lar birthdays
24907 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 185 Ray Owens Advice Ain't Always Advice Have you ever been real deep in thought and concentratin' hard When someone comes and interrupts, and you're caught plumb off guard? Or perhaps you're really hard at work
24908 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 187 Ray Owens How Come You Did it That Way Lord? How come you made a gopher, Lord? What good is he, if any? 'Cept to maybe make us grateful You didn't creat twice as many. They're a double-barreled nuisance
24909 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 188 Ray Owens My Facial Growth Dilemma I've never grown a mustache---Lately I've been wond'rin' why That's prob'ly something' everybody Should do once before they die.
24910 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 191 Ray Owens No Place to Park a Horse Our nation has its problems; we hear that ev'ry day The cities all are crumblin', our kids have gone astray. We've lost our fam'ly values; there's way too much divorce An' to top it off there's no place left for a man to park his horse.
24911 Cow chips aren't for dippin: A guide to life in the New WIld West FC 11 N-17 Coke Newell Pocket book full of sayings, jokes, western philosophy.
24912 Fair Girls and Gray Horses with other verses FC 11 O-12 ix Will H. Ogilvie Fair girls and gray horses! Fair girls and gray horses! A toast for you who never went wide of a fence or a kiss: while horses are horses and eyes are blue there is never a toast in the world like this!
24913 Fair Girls and Gray Horses with other verses FC 11 O-12 dedication page Will H. Ogilvie To Hugh Gordon For sake of the meet and the muster, the hunts in the oak-scrub and plain;
24914 Fair Girls and Gray Horses with other verses FC 11 O-12 1 Will H. Ogilvie Leila The nodding plumes steal slowly by; fair women turn their heads aside; and yet the purest there must die as poor Love-Leila died.
24915 Fair Girls and Gray Horses with other verses FC 11 O-12 3 Will H. Ogilvie Dray-Dreams O the mountains speak of sadness! There is gloom on ridge and spur; but they cannot dim the gladness in my heard because of her.
24916 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 192 Ray Owens 20/20 Vision The best part of wakin' up ain't Folgers in your cup Some advertisin' hucksters must've dreamed that slogan up You'd think that any fool would know the truth, for goodness sake;