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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
25317 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 31 Robert L. Laumeyer Man's Excuses If he doesn't want to, he will not find time to do the "fixer ups" or to write a rhyme. A man's excuses are very complex one he doesn't use is there's not time for sex.
25318 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 31 Robert L. Laumeyer Ghost Town This is my woeful story. I am a forgotten town. Where once I had proud building now they are tumbled down. Lusty men roamed my streets, thirsty from a hard day's toil. They crowded into my bars, spent the riches from my soil.
25319 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 32 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Once so proud, so rich, so free, now men have no use for me. Use- abuse-toy- destroy.
25320 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 33 Robert L. Laumeyer Romance Gull's wing in an azure sky, white sands in a desert part, golden twinklers in a sky that otherwise would be dark. The romance sould of man reveals the best of his dreams. He will nuture the romance to find out what his life means.
25321 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 33 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue A life without romance is a poem without rhyme. We know something's missing until our love we find.
25322 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 34 Robert L. Laumeyer Dentistry "Your teeth are very bad", The bright young dentist said. "I must pull many out or do 'canals' instead." "The root canals, of course, will cost a good deal more, but without your natural teeth chewing will be a chore."
25323 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 35 Robert L. Laumeyer Commercial Break When from the study of Shakespear you find you need a little rest, just read The Song of The Hunter, relax from intellectual quest. The best part about "The Hunter" is that once you have it read
25324 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 36 Robert L. Laumeyer The Hunter's Montana Striking fish, a rushing river, the clear call of the waterfalls, he feels again, he hears again, that's the Montana he recalls. He sees the Northeast's endless fields, The southeast's blowing seas of grass
25325 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 36 Robert L. Laumeyer The Hunter's Mark Oh, yes, he made his mark. He clawed high the bark of the literary tree. Now hidden by its branches abides his poetry.
25326 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 37 Robert L. Laumeyer The Hunter Explains I wrote a book of poetry and now I will try to explain why the book, "The Song of the Hunter", is not about shooting and game. It is about a hunt for truth. It was the grandest hunt of all, for I began it in my youth
25327 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 38 Robert L. Laumeyer A Hunter's Wish I'm sending you a hunter's wish. I pray all your shots go true. May the thrill of the hunt remain with you in the everything you do. May the mountains not be too steep, the rocks too slippery with frost.
25328 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 38 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue All my shooting hunts are over. I no longer have the need or health. Still I shall hunt for that trophy that's satisfying to myself.
25329 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 39 Robert L. Laumeyer A Dreamer's Montana Oh, if what you say in May means nothing at all in the fall, stay out of Montana I pray, we don't need your kind at all. Montana wants honest ones whose words "you can take to the bank". If you are false, we don't need you. Liars and low- life's we don't rank.
25330 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 39 Robert L. Laumeyer A Pitfall of Democracy A thought about democracy that gives my soul a chill is he who will not run for office will be governed by those who will.
25331 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 40 Robert L. Laumeyer Americans Beware Beware the counterfeit patriots and the drastic methods they may use. They will punish some indiscretions and important freedoms you may lose. Under the threat of communism we created "Old tail gunner Joe". Now with a special prosecutor
25332 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 41 Robert L. Laumeyer The Starr Report The nation's parents were shocked. The teenagers felt betrayed. Teenagers thought only they knew what the Starr Report displayed. The parents wanted parts deleted the far right held they had won and had the right to publish all under amendment number one.
25333 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 42 Robert L. Laumeyer The Tale Of '98 First the fire of lust, then the ice of hate had all by engulfed the chief of state. A dark cloud had settled over the city that was the hope of the planet. The clouds of hate had powers unique to turn minds and hearts to granite.
25334 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 43 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Hate had destroyed. Hate could not restore. The hated had been hurt,but the haters hurt more. No party or country can ever be great when their agenda is but to peddle hate.
25335 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 44 Robert L. Laumeyer A Tribute To Old Love It was 49 years ago today we stood to hear you profess your love. You promised to cherish each other until one of you was called above. You two were life, love, youth, and laughter. To you the world was new and bright.
25336 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 45 Robert L. Laumeyer The Best Man Prays Oh God of the universe, I pray that you let them love again today as they did on that beautiful day 49 years and a world away.
25337 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 45 Robert L. Laumeyer The Sacrifice If we make fun of another we sometimes must pay the price. And even if we never do it still is not very nice.
25338 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 47 Robert L. Laumeyer The Old Spencer Table I sand and scrape, then sand some more, restore the grandeur it had before. I wonder who at thistable fed and what wise or foolish things were said. What moments there were of pride and shame now covered by old varnish and stain.
25339 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 47 Robert L. Laumeyer Lost Love Oh! What pales today because of death or fad time should not lessen the luster that love had. Once love has shown through it has forever been. Pray it gives us courage to try to love again.
25340 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 48 Robert L. Laumeyer Keep Your Money Making money's wise. Let your money grow. Let the market rise. Invest your money, invest your money, the rich old man cries. It's no fault of yours the abused child dies. Saving is your pitch. Don't pay for health care unless it is your itch. Invest your money, invest your money.
25341 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 49 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue You kept your money dear when God called you home. Words you didn't want to hear "Your money's no good here." (Dow Jones not spoken here.) You stood in amazement when an angel came and kicked your golden rear ah, Heaven's gate. So near!