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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
24917 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 194 Ray Owens Is Right Wrong? Did you ever sit and ponder 'bout life's many oddities? Life takin' a flu shot that makes you sick, so you don't get the disease? Or a doctor takin' your tonsils out
24918 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Outf FC 11 O-10 196 Ray Owens Arguin' 'Tween forty and fifty years ago, when I was just a lad I had a talk one afternoon with old grandadd. He was sittin' in his rockin' chair, rockin' to and fro
24919 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 198 Ray Owens Just Be Patient I wonder how I write apoem Don't think I rightloy know 'Cause if I really try to write one The words refuse to flow From the well of knowledge they're kept in
24920 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 199 Ray Owens Wishin' I ain't never been too much of a hand To spend a lot of time on wishin' But I ain't braggin' about it I'm just makin' an admission Of how I've always looked at things
24921 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 201 Ray Owens Mashed Taters The other day the Lod and I engaged in conversation And I mentioned somethin' causin' me a lot of consternation I said, "Lord, I think that taters which You worked hard to create Were intended
24922 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 204 Ray Owens A Tour Around the Homeplace This evenin' while feedin' the horses I paused for a ong look around And remembered back when we first started Improvin' this old plot of ground.
24923 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 206 Ray Owens Spellbound Sittin' here and lookin' yonder Just a-lettin' my thoughts wander Sorta soakin' in the scen'ry all around. Takin' time to muse and ponder Why it is folks seem to squander
24924 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 208 Ray Owens Nature's Bounty There's a lotta things in nature it's a pleasure to behold And I notice this more often as I'm startin' to get old But don't go jumpin to conclusions;
24925 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 209 Ray Owens Peace in the Valley Over yonder mountain is a place we'll make our home; Where we can settle down to live, and nomore will we roam. These words were spoken many times by settlers long ago
24926 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 210 Ray Owens The Gates of Home Did you ever stop and wonder what it is that makes a man Think the grass is always greener in some far-off distant land? Times a feller gets so caught up
24927 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 211 Ray Owens Folks I've Met and Places I've Been There's folks that I've met and places I've been Both imagined, and some sho' nuff real That left an impression so lastin'
24928 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 1 Edward E. Paramore, Jr. The Ballad of Yukon Jake Oh the north country is a tough country that mothers a bloody brood
24929 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 9 George Wolstad The Romance of Rex A farmer's dog came into town his Christian name was Rex
24930 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 13 George Wolstad The Persain kitten A Persian kitten perfumed and fair strolled out of her kitchen door for air
24931 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 12 George Wolstad Ode to a drunkard Twas in the late September how well do I remember I was walking down the street quite full of pride
24932 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 16 Robert W. Service The cremation of Sam Magee There are strange things done neath the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold
24933 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 24 George Wolstad Abdullah Bulbul Amir The sons of the Prophet are valiant and bold and quite unaccustomed to fear but none were so bold as a man, so I'm told named Abdullah Bulbul Amir
24934 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 27 George Wolstad Way high up in the Mogollons Way high, up in the Mogollons among the mountain tops a lion cleaned a yearling's bones and licked his thankful chops
24935 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 33 James Whitcomb Riley The passing of the backhouse When mem'ry keeps me company and moves to smiles or tears
24936 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 38 Robert W. Service The shooting of Dan Magrew A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malemute Saloon and the kid that handled the music box
24937 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 46 George Wolstad Midnight on the ocean It was midnight on the ocean not a streetcar was in sight
24938 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 47 George Wolstad The Camel The sexual urge of the camel is stronger than anyone thinks and when he's obsessed with obsessions he makes a bee-line for the Sphinx
24939 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 48 H. Antoine D'Arcy The face on the barroom floor Twas a balmy summer evening and goodly crowd was there that well-nigh filled Joe�s barroom on the corner of the square
24940 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 60 unknown The skunk hunt I hont de bear, I hont de rat an' sometime I hont de cat
24941 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 63 Rudyard Kipling The ladies I've taken my fun where I found it I've rogued an' I've ranged in my time I’ve ‘ad my pickin’ of sweethearts