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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25792 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 19 Charles W. Bell Tall Cowboy When I was just a little tad I was pretty small, But when I came into my teens I began to grow quite tall. I kept on growin' and growin'
25793 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 21 Charles W. Bell Cowboy Dance One Saterday night the folks 'round these parts, they held an old Western dance. The ranchers and hands, together and lone,
25794 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 23 Charles W. Bell Horses I Hvae Known and Loved Sittin' here in my easy chair, watchin' Western TV, I think about my cowboy days, those days that used to be, When I was workin' on the ranch,
25795 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 25 Charles W. Bell Cowboy Swim I'll tell you a tale of a roundup one day, way out on the Western Slope. We'd gathered the cows in a swale by a creek and the men were full of hope
25796 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 27 Charles W. Bell The Old Cowboy's Last Drive I was sitting there in my easy chair Just a wonderin' what to do, When all at once the telephone rang. Someone calling me? I wondered who.
25797 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 29 Charles W. Bell A Day in the Lar'mie Range The other day a friend of mine called me on the telephone line. "Come on out to the ranch today, And we'll take some time off to play.
25798 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 30 Charles W. Bell Aussie Hat Now I'm not averse to 10-gallon hats, I'd wear one if occasion required. But I've always felt funny having one on, And sometimes my neck gets tired.
25799 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 32 Charles W. Bell Cowboy Pretense I've never liked to fool folks, It strikes me as not bein' honest, But there was once when I did it 'Cause I just wasn't feelin' my best.
25800 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 34 Charles W. Bell The Greenhorn The tenderfood arrived on the scene Of the brandin' corral that day. He's been invited by one of the 'pokes, A cusin, he said, by the way.
25801 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 35 Charles W. Bell Writin' and Recitin' Now I'm no stranger to performin', been doin' it most alla my life. Been singin' it seems since my teens, with the girl who became my wife.
25802 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 37 Charles W. Bell When My Ranching Days Are Over Since my ranching days are over, Eyes grow dim, and steps are slow, Now my thoughts go rushing backward To those days of long ago.
25803 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 38 Charles W. Bell Riding Away In the quiet hush of the twilight scene, While night comes down to embrace the day, Sometime at eve when the time is right I'll close the door and ride away.
25804 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 40 Charles W. Bell A Rose by Any Other Name Now in the days of Shake-y-spear, Things wuz more like they'd appear. I didn't matter a heck-of-a-lot, What you asked for is what you got.
25805 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 41 Charles W. Bell Andy's Pony When Andy came into the world his mother cried, For she had hoped and prayed for him so long. He grew and soon became a strong and healthy boy,
25806 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 44 Charles W. Bell Being Prepared Old Tom, the rancher, drove to town To pass the word along. He said he needed help at the ranch By someone young and Strong.
25807 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 46 Charles W. Bell Bad Winter, Good Spring They were settin' astride their mounts that day, In the spring time of 'forty nine, They looked out to the south and east, And seeing the range was fine.
25808 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 48 Charles W. Bell Ridin' Bull (7 1/2 seconds) Now I've been busy most all my life, A ridin' and wranglin' and avoidin' strife. And I've had my chance at the rodeo To do my best to put on a show.
25809 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 50 Charles W. Bell Birds As the seasons change out on the range And I ride to check on the herds, Wherever I go it seems as though My thoughts always turn to the birds.
25810 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 51 Charles W. Bell Calves and Lambs Over the years when folks opened the West, They came and tried to fulfill their heart's quest. They came for to farm or to handle livestock,
25811 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 54 Charles W. Bell Cheyenne Opera House Once upon a time in old Cheyenne, two ranchers came to meet At the Inter-Ocean Hotel on 17th Street,
25812 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 56 Charles W. Bell Requiem for a Drug Store There's a sad day a comin' in ole Cheyenne town, The old Roedel Drug Store is a closin' down.
25813 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 58 Charles W. Bell Jake and the Grulla Mare Now Jake was a cowboy in trouble; he'd never been locked up before. But now he was seving a sentence so he could just even the score.
25814 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 59 Charles W. Bell Homestead I ws riding the range one day, out searching for any strays, And I came upon a homestead, one that had seen better days.
25815 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 60 Charles W. Bell Line Cabin Night When the winds of winter freeze the surface of hill and plain, And frozen icy weapons beat upon the window pane.
25816 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 62 Charles W. Bell The Sheperd and the Herder 'Twas many and many years ago, The shepherd woke up each day And led his little flock to feed In the pature by the way.