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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25067 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 35 Bill Lowman Cowboy Poet Tracks At Christmas openin' presents, much to my surprise was a silver belly Stetson, in a favorable size An asset of this nature, ranks high in my life Given my none other, than my one and only wife
25068 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 37 Bill Lowman Mu'Ammar the Coyote Ol' Mu'Ammar the coyote was an ornery sort of cuss With is terror he spread ah scare Causin' quite ah fuss He's ah ruthless sorta coward with tactics that are cheap Eats alive ah calf,
25069 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 38 Bill Lowman Cowboy's Mate Now that she's at her mothers it's fittin' to reflect on the time When your ranchin' becomes more important and your marriage don't seem to quite rhyme For there's times I've pushed her past center in a contract of give and take
25070 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 41 Bill Lowman Ah Cowboy and His Love While ridin' to ah friends one day he passed by ah swimmin' hole For what he saw before his eyes he damn near swallowed his Skoal Ah peekin' through the leaves he couldn't believe what he saw
25071 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 43 Bill Lowman Trust Dogs an' Horses She ran off with a trucker back in sixty five Left him an' them three young'ens on the ranch there to survive When that little fling was through he'd heard she'd moved around
25072 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 44 Bill Lowman Devil's Death Trap We contracted the calves in August November eighth was set for the weigh As time wound down we tucked in the corners an' just held them from going astray
25073 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 46 Bill Lowman Child of Gender Oh come, my child of gender of flesh and blood and creed In your eyes your heart is longing as you meander through life's tweed For months go by that I am gone
25074 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 49 Bill Lowman The Valley of the Tongue There were several veteran gossips set around ah table rung They were talkin' 'bout all others in the Valley of the tongue they stayed way past the deadline of when their tongues grow sore
25075 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 52 Bill Lowman Two Empty Saddles T'was the fall before their wedding, he went and leased a place Then that March they were united, together the world to face They married there on horseback, side by side and tree to tree And promised to each other,
25076 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 54 Bill Lowman Hello Lord Hello, Lord - it's good ta see you!! Naw- I ain't been far away Baled hay before the sun up for a neighbor who I owed some pay I've always been able to meet you here in this valley of badlands' hue On my favorite old gray
25077 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones FC 11 L-4 57 Bill Lowman Pick My Own Friends As ah cowboy on earth as each day begins I reserve the right to pick my own friends Te right to be choosey the right to be free The right to be different
25078 Walk Ah Mile in My Bones Bill Lowman FC 11 L-4 59 Lane Lorado Lowman I Think God Must Be a Cowboy at Heart Well, I wonder if God likes country music will there be a placec for me if I make it there Are those pearly gates gloomy and rusty or are they polished with great care Does He run quarter horses and Angus cattle
25079 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 6 E.J. Kirchoff Not Always Quite That Way This feller's always braggin' Of the things that were 'back Home'. said,, 'Never found its equal Since I started in to roam. I've been a lot of places. Seen how different things were did. But there's no place can equal
25080 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 9 E.J. Kirchoff Stuck One mornin' I woke up to find The snow was piled deep. Two foot had settled in the night While I was fast asleep. That day I had to go to town Regardless of the snow.
25081 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 11 E.J. Kirchoff A Long Winter We'd had a quite a bit of snow Come early in the fall. Joe said, "This has been the longest Any winter I recall. Already now I've fed more hay Than any year before. If spring don't come in early
25082 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 14 E.J. Kirchoff Wrong Way We're there in Wilbur's stable Gabbin' some like fellers will. Old Smokey Jones and Deacon, Me and Wilbur and old Bill. Old Deacon says, "this drinkin' is a thing I can't condone.
25083 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 17 E.J. Kirchoff Always Climbs Over At one time Old Bil had a gate With hinges that went bad. And so he fixed it on the spot With what repairs he had. We'd had a wind storm in the night That blew the gate ajar
25084 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 20 E.J. Kirchoff Had to Ride the Sucker Old Smokey Jones said, "This was back Some number years ago when buckin' horses found Old Bill Was mighty hard to throw.. Old bill could really fan a bronc
25085 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 23 E.J. Kirchoff Have You the Time We're there in Wilbur's stable Gabbin' some of this and that. Old Smokey Jones said, "Wilbur, Seems you're puttin on some fat. That wife of yours is either Feedin' you too much to eat.
25086 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 25 E.J. Kirchoff He Who Blows His Knows This feller's long on braggin' Of the knowledge that he's got. On any subject mentioned Thinks he's really pretty hot. He likes to hog the floor and Was the kind that knowed it all.
25087 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 27 E.J. Kirchoff Lazy Wind We're up around the Darby Peaks. Fall roundup's under way. And there's a cold, old icy wind A-blowin' every day. Those granite peaks are covered with A shift of early snow.
25088 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 29 E.J. Kirchoff Another Storm Old horse, it's done it once again. A wind storm in the night. And mornin' found a battered world That's sure a sorry sight. The rain and hail come down in sheets. Lightning and thunder, too.
25089 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 31 E.J. Kirchoff Talk is Cheap This old boy's quite a talker. He had notions that were strong. And didn't hestitate a bit To tell you where you're wrong. On any subject mentioned, Or on any job as well,
25090 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 34 E.J. Kirchoff When Spring is Here Old horse, I just do't reckon there is any time of year that can make a feller feel good Like it does when spring is here. After weeks of winter weather And of mud and snow and ice,
25091 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 36 E.J. Kirchoff No Resting We're there in Wilbur's stable. Gabbin' some of this and that. Old Wilbur said, "Doc told me I'm a -gettin' 'way too fat. For quite a while now I Been feelin' pretty tough. Been sure a-feelin' run down.