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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
25092 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 37 E.J. Kirchoff Weanin' Time It sure is noisy here about With bawlin' night andd ay From cows a-callin' to their calves That have been took awway. It's weanin' time and this years calves Are old enough by now
25093 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 39 E.J. Kirchoff Haulin' Cattle Sometimes they walk right up the ramp And go into the truck Without one speck of trouble. That sure is a bit of luck. And some get in one sot and stand
25094 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 40 E.J. Kirchoff A Red Letter Day Seems it's been a long time comin'. Sure have shovelled lots of hay. Was a-starin' in to think that Winter'd never go away. But we've had some warmin' weather. Now the snow is finally gone. And the hills are turnin' green again
25095 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 41 E.J. Kirchoff Francis He never had a buckle. Or a saddle he could show. And not a single dollar Won at any rodeo. But he was sure a cowboy Of the kind that is a hand.
25096 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 43 E.J. Kirchoff Envy A rooster stood in the barnyard. His harem of hens close by. He craned his neck to watch the flight Of an eagle in the sky. He tho't how wonderful it must be To sail the thermals wild and free.
25097 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 44 E.J. Kirchoff Not My Dog Don't know for sure if this is true Said Old Bill with a grin. But stranger things have happened, so I guess it mighta been. We're havin' us a quite a storm, The way we sometimes do.
25098 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 46 E.J. Kirchoff Old Faithful You ask me why I'm lonley, Why I am so gblue. I've just lost the best friend any cowboy ever knew. You all have heard the story of Old Faithful, pal of mine,
25099 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 47 E.J. Kirchoff The Luck of the Irish Be gorra, said Pat When I come west The country was wolly and wild. We're layin' of track On wyomin's plains. And our whiskey wasn't mild. One day them painted up Injuns come a-shootin' and raisin' Ned.
25100 Lonesome FC 11 K-30 50 E.J. Kirchoff Lonesome Have I ever been lonesome? the old man said. well, yes, a time or two. Have cared for cows In a winter camp Where I was a one man crew. Just my horse and cows was
25101 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 52 E.J. Kirchoff Hail Storm The sky is black and ominous Above old Rocky Ridge Where storm clouds roll and boil Like a freshet 'neath the bridge. The air isstill and quiet On the flat, but you can bet
25102 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 54 E.J. Kirchoff March Winds There's a warm wind softly signin' Thru' the branches of the trees That toss their heads and sway about Like dancers in the breeze. The horses in the pasture, Feelin' snortry, run and play
25103 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 155 E.J. Kirchoff tonight I'm gonna Ask Her Old horse, just keep a-movin'. Get to lopin' down the trail. A million stars are winkin' And a moon is shinin' pale. I've been doin' lots of thinkin'. Figger now the sign is right.
25104 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 57 E.J. Kirchoff A Wild Ride A buckin' bronc turned over On a rocky mountain side. We figgered sure a cowboy Had done made his final ride. big rocks was sent a-bouncin'. And the dust was foggin' thick.
25105 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 58 E.J. Kirchoff Christmas Foal Little feller, long ago, Now so the story goes, A Babe was born in Bethlehem And wrapped in swaddling clothes. Born there in a stable Where it was snug and dry,
25106 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 60 E.J. Kirchoff Schoolin' When I was young and went to school The building had one room, Save for the entrance way to store Our lunches, coats, a broom. It had a big potbellied stove. On frosty winter morn
25107 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 63 E.J. Kirchoff A Sprig of Pine A letter came this morning With some needles from a pine. It brought back a flood of mem'ries to this lonesome heart of mine. A heart that has been lonesome Snce that dismal, distant day
25108 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 65 E.J. Kirchoff Zeke and Ed Old Zeke and Ed were neighbors. Knowed each other all their lives. to complicate it further - pair of sisters was their wives. but they were bitter enemies 'Way back in grammer school.
25109 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 68 E.J. Kirchoff Squanto This old horse was long and lean with With pig eyes small and he was mean. And wiht a big old Roman nose. He had a very scragglly mane And had a tail that was the same.
25110 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 70 E.J. Kirchoff I Failed to be a Hero She was pretty as a picture. And as charming as could be. She sent my heart beats racing. And she seemed empressed with me. And as we danced and chatted I was smitten with her charms.
25111 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 74 E.J. Kirchoff After the Storm I'm tired tonight, dear, and weary For it's been a long, trying day. The storm wrecked some fence on the mountain. And a big bunch of cows went astray. They found where some trees had been toppled.
25112 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 76 E.J. Kirchoff Changes I growed up 'round cows and horses. Spent a lifetime on the range. And if my life I could re-do, There isn't much I'd cahnge. And I'm glad that I was born Before this modern age
25113 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 78 E.J. Kirchoff Bein' Lazy It seems I've spent a lifetime Just a-workin' day and night. A million things that needed done. And still no end in sight. The place was pretty well run down When first we settled here.
25114 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 81 E.J. Kirchoff It's Later Than You Think I guess, by gee, I'm gettin'n old. And gettin slower, too. I just can't seem t' hit the ball The way I used t' do. I've gotta stop and take a blow More often than before.
25115 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 82 E.J. Kirchoff Wilbur and the Roses One day in town, Old Wilbur now, Was sure a-lookin' grim. I tho't now somethin' mighty bad Must sure be eatin' him. I said, "Now come along, old boy, I'm settin' up the beer.
25116 Horse Tracks FC 11 K-30 84 E.J. Kirchoff An Honest Ad Now honesty is something that indeed is real commendable. Reputation as a liar isn't very easy mendable. Horse traders have been known to stretch the truth. No doubt about it. They claim that's part of business and they couldn't trade with out it.