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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25267 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 9 D.J Badger Cowboy Grouch I can't stand people, he said with a grin. They'll deal you out or they'll do you in. They'll move in too close with their dogs and kin And ruin the peace that always has bin.
25268 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 10 D.J Badger Winter in our Cabin They's underwear ahangin' on a peg above the fire. They's bean soup in a pot an' the bread's a rasin' higher. THe luscious smell of wet wool socks and wet dawg fills the air.
25269 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 12 D.J Badger Merle's Old Bigfoot The first time I saw him, that mule caught my eye. He laid back his ears and gave a big sigh. Standing out in the pasture, just munchin' on grass. Enjoying the freedom of those in his class.
25270 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 14 D.J Badger A Plug for My Dad He didn't have a mother, or a father, too, I guess. And brothers, sisters, aunts and cuz were missing more or less. He had no fancy paper with a seal for all to see, No fancy duds nor rings nor watch.
25271 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 14 D.J Badger Ma's Table Hey, Ma, they's a stranger riding up on a horse. Ask him in? OK Ma. I'll ask him, of course. Set up to the table, please. Take any chair. THat's right , set down jest over there. We've always got plenty, and it's plain that we tell
25272 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 15 D.J Badger Ride 'Em, Kid! Ride 'Em! Right on a bend of the Salmon Is a mountain so steep and high The Indians called it White Bird, For its top reached up to the sky. Down in the valley on one side
25273 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 19 D.J Badger Summer at the Sale Yard A sale yard in the winter's full of just the local folks-- The regulars, the buyers, treps and such. But when tourist season hits us, it affords us lotsa jokes, Not the least of which is one played on old Dutch.
25274 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 20 D.J Badger Country Don't that hay smell sweet to you At breakin' of the day? Don't that sun just warm yer bones When walkin' out the way? Don't them birds and chickens sound
25275 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 20 D.J Badger Rodeo Cowboy A cowboy's best pal is not his horse As some of you might think. And it's not the dog who shares his lunch, Or the man who buys his drink. It's not the gal who scrubs his back,
25276 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 15 Robert L. Laumeyer Youth Youth stands uniquely alone, sharply outlined, a tree in full sunlight. The old blend into the forest's gloom, obscured by the long shadows of the night.
25277 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 21 D.J Badger Lonesome Cowboy I saw in the paper just recent, 'Bout the death of a man here well known. He was ninety-three at his passing. HIs relatives, he had outgrown. One line caught my eye 'bout his story.
25278 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 15 Robert L. Laumeyer The Retiree's Song In our being, as we near the end, there's a craving to begin again. Our old hearts know we have done some wrong. Melancholy notes in the retiree's song.
25279 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 22 D.J Badger Up Where Nobody Goes Two old fellers went hunting, They'd done it all of their life. Was the only time of the year They could sneak away from the wife. They loaded the pickup with vittles,
25280 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 25 D.J Badger Stock Warning The finest leather cocats and vests Demand the best of care. They must be cleaned a special way And hung out in the air. You mustn't wear them in the rain
25281 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 16 Robert L. Laumeyer Pride's "Price" "Proud" should use care in the things they abuse. Time will show them "self" is hard to excuse. Friends they expect will make foolish mistakes. They help them on, then comfort their heartaches.
25282 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 26 D.J Badger Makeup of a Cowboy The outside of a cowboy Wears the gear which stories tell Of spurs and chaps and leather vests And favorite hats as well. THere's a silken scarf about his neck To keep out frost or dust
25283 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 16 Robert L. Laumeyer Poet's "Advice" Know you're human, thus subject to error. Be humble enough that to "self" you are fair.
25284 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 27 D.J Badger Chore Time on the Farm Back in the winter of fity-two, We was milkin' eight or ten head. OUr kids drank a lot and we sold some for cream. The rest, we made cheese in the shed.
25285 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 29 D.J Badger Ride 'Em, Cowboy Have you ever noticed that cowboys Are athletes of special ability? They can jump off a horse going thirty And grab a steer with agility. They can balance their bodies
25286 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 17 Robert L. Laumeyer To a Financial Consultant To predict what will be from a study of the past is to forget the world is changing ever so fast. He who looks to the past to see what's lying ahead would be well advised to take some time and turn his head.
25287 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 30 D.J Badger Cowboy and the Cook Some of the things a cowboy learns Can be gotten out of a book, But no one has ever been able to tell Of the cowboy and the cook. The cook's been 'round most likely Since they invented the horse,
25288 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 31 D.J Badger Twilight Time for a Cowboy Twilight time for a cowboy, Just after the cookfire is out Is made for a little reflection Taking ease or shakin' a doubt. Back on ol' horse for the night ride
25289 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 33 D.J Badger The Pump Out behind the cabin Hangin' on the pump Is an old beat up dipper And a towel piled in a lump.I drank from that old dipper Since just a tiny tot. After school or chore time It cooled when I was hot.
25290 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 18 Robert L. Laumeyer Old Photographs Ah, music makeres of the past, how sweet your old familiar sound. For it is in your scratchy music my lost boyhood can be found. From "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum", to "When the Work's All Done This Fall", your old verses I hear again, Kerosene lamps I can recall.
25291 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 18 Robert L. Laumeyer Winter The more I feel the cold, greater my need of sun. The farther I look back, the nearer my race is run.