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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
251 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 51 S. Omar Barker Spring Flowers Violets bloomin' in spring; I never see -- Many a right purty thing; Jest misses me.
252 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 52 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Cowboy Clarence Now hark to the ballad of Cowboy Clarence, Who come of a line of illustrious parents! snob, pedigree, ancestors, big head, pride, family tree, thoroughbred, rustling, cattle rustling, gunfight, coward, cowardice
253 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 54 S. Omar Barker Careful, Cowboy! Love is a young cowgirl, Lopin' from the West. girl, female, women
254 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 55 S. Omar Barker The Old Mountaineer's Favorite Music Oh, o' course most ever'body's heard a heap more songs than me, More melodies of fiddles, harps, pianners, And maybe even more o' singin' birds and boomin' sea, More opery, more chants and more hosanners. mountains
255 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 56 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of "Bible-Book" Bob In Capulin Canyon near No Water Nob; Nobody was wiser than "Bible-Book" Bob. scripture, bible, steal, theft, judge, forgiveness
256 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 58 S. Omar Barker The Winner I've got a black eye and a nose; That's broke in three places or more! milking wild cows, contest
257 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 59 S. Omar Barker Movin' On Oh, bobbed wire cuts the kiote's throat, He's drove from hills and holler, With farmer-fence his doom is wrote -- Say--must us punchers foller? barbed wire, coyote, fencing, range, civilization, farm
258 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 60 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Six-Shooter Susie Now Six-Shooter Susie was brown-eyed an' fair, With rosebuds fer lips an' a sunset fer hair! cowgirl, shooting, Little Beau Pete, Sue, cupid, target, love, marriage, blanks, prank
259 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 62 S. Omar Barker Ride 'Em Clean! Gray hoss, black hoss, pinto, roan; Broncos tough as the devil's own -- I've spent life with my legs a-straddle; Of a buckin' hoss and a cowboy saddle. bucking bronco, bronc busting
260 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 63 S. Omar Barker Mustang They call yuh broom-tail, knot-head, runt, Jack-rabbit, magpie meat. wild horse, fences, mustangs
261 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 64 S. Omar Barker Spring Fashion Note I see by the papers the time's come again; Tuh think about spring styles in clothes fer young men. clothes, clothing, shoes, style, socks, suits, cowpuncher
262 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 65 S. Omar Barker Rope Music Oh, I've heard a lot of music, human-made and Nature's own, Fiddled tunes an' hummin' thrummin' melodies, With sometimes a squealin' clarinet or sobbin' saxophone, And at others just a wind-song in the trees. humming, singing, saxophone, windsong, rope, lariat, lasso
263 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 66 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Cowboy Lou Now young Kid Lou was a lad I knew; In the days of the open range, Of a smart-aleck breed till a great stampede; Worked a sudden and complete change! cocky, Cimarron, prank, bravery
264 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 68 S. Omar Barker The Water Hole For miles the cattle smell it in the desert's sage and sand, And trail in lonely lines down to its edge. watering hole, desert, life, death
265 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 69 S. Omar Barker Mariposa Mesa There's a high green mesa where the mariposa blooms; An' it ain't far up to the sky, Where the wind's a purrin' pussy an' the wild grouse throoms, An' the bunch grass grows thigh-high. grazing, grass, bunchgrass, love, in love, girlfriend, flowers
266 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 70 S. Omar Barker The Maverick Jest three kinds o' cattle is all that there be: With a yip-hi and a hooey along! night-herding
267 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 71 S. Omar Barker The Rustler Oh, my sweetheart, he's a rustlin', Rangin' cowboy man that steals! rustling, love, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend
268 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 72 S. Omar Barker Cow-Gals Tall girl, small girl, summer girl, fall girl, Daughter of the snows or bud o' spring; Shy girl, sly girl, eyes-as-blue-as-sky girl -- Which is best to wear a feller's ring? wedding ring, bachelor, cowgirl of the range
269 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 73 S. Omar Barker The Cowboy's Heaven They say they's different heavens fer the good folks bye an' bye, Accordin' as their hankerin's may be. prayer, religion, God, death, afterlife, Paradise
270 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 74 S. Omar Barker Range Parade Parades with their flags an' their bands, All hullaballooin', Pass where the big guns in stands, Sets a reviewin'. cattle, cows going to water
271 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 75 S. Omar Barker Puncher His legs are bowed to fit the shape of bulging saddle leather, His talk is ungrammatical and rough. cowboy, manhood, cowpuncher, bowlegged
272 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 76 S. Omar Barker The Anti-Motorist Don't try fer to sell me no gas from a tank, No flivver fer settin' and steerin'! automobile, car, horseback riding, horse, gasoline
273 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 76 S. Omar Barker The Cowgirl's Lament Long Harry rides a swift bay horse, Dick Hurley rides a black. color, horses, murder, lover, escape, escaped murderer, convict outlaw
274 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 77 S. Omar Barker Rangeland Night White lights at night I don't see, Far from a town; Dusk covers mesas and me, When dark comes down. night, stars
275 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 78 S. Omar Barker The Irish Cowgirl I've trailed back here to Dublin, 'Way off across the sea, To seek old Irish magic, That seemed to call to me. Ireland, leprechaun, shamrock, west