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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
27542 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 3 E.W. "Roy" Miller Time Is Short Life is like windup toy, with only so much time; Some meander aimlessly, no purpose, reason or rhyme. If this toy will slip and slide along, and perhaps in circles go; It will come short of its destination and certainly need a tow! But he toy that's wound and has a goal,
27543 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 4 E.W. "Roy" Miller The T Bar J In 1950 I was just a big green kid, I was adventure filled; And started at the T Bar J, just after Tom was killed. Tom Jones was right at eighty, I never knew this man; Comin' home from a rodeo, off the road they ran. He was an ol' cowpuncher, from all I ever heard,
27544 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 6 E.W. "Roy" Miller My God My God is real God, who hears my every plea; He offers us salvation, there is no charge, no fee. The offer remains open, it's strictly up to you; He'll change your life completely, this is what you do: ask him for forgiveness, because he says, "repent!"
27545 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 7 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Good Feelin'! I'd been ridin' for several hours through country that's might rough! It sure wasn't easy on "Cougar;" in face it was down right tough! We happened to be in high country; You could see for miles every way! We got on top of this rocky ridge, where the sky meets dirt and clay! I stepped down off of ol' "Cougar,"
27546 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 8 E.W. "Roy" Miller Cowboy Country U.S.A. It's interesting to travel, and see how things are done; In all parts of the country, I've tried them, everyone. I've "Punched" cows almost every where, from far east to the west; But I don't really know just where, it is that I like best. I've cowboyed in Colorado, in the highest mountain land;
27547 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 9 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Wild Ride On a balmy spring night on the 5th June, we saddled our broncs by the light of the moon. We were headed for town, Ray Hunter and me, to the Saturday night dance and the girls to see! Ol' Hunger says, "Shoot! Let's leave these broncs set!
27548 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 11 E.W. "Roy" Miller Payin' Through The Nose! A group of neighboring ranchers, were ridin' in a bunch; They were goin' to move some cattle, (or at least I have a hunch.) This one ol' neighboring rancher, was braggin' on his horse; And after about so much "bull," he'd have to prove it of course!
27549 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 12 E.W. "Roy" Miller God Have Mercy While this country, we reside in, is the best one in the land; Many things of the negative, are seen at every had. We know the U.S. still is great, and land of brave and free; But she also has deteriorated, in event you would ask me. Our politicians in D.C.,
27550 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 13 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Sure Way To Go Broke In the 50's in Colorado, I'm ridin' a colt for the boss; He wasn't an ornery kind of colt, just a typical young spooky hoss. ON this pony, I'm puttin' on smile, it's what any bronc'y thing needs. It's jerkin' those wet saddle blankets that makes the honest ol' steeds. He was just comin' five, so he's old enough,
27551 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 14 E.W. "Roy" Miller No More! I reached in my pockets, and what do you know; tehre was just enough there, for the next rodeo. So I plunked it down and looked at my draw, started shiverin' and shakin', at what I just saw! A-glarin' at me thru the plank of the fence;
27552 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 15 E.W. "Roy" Miller Surprise! I wintered in Yuma, Arizona one year, as a matter of ace it was two; It was in my latter teenage years, in '51 and '52! I went in a Western Store one day -- mainly to see the young clerk; Because they were of the opposite sex, full of giggles and glances and smirks!
27553 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 16 E.W. "Roy" Miller Vegetarians?- In most parts of the country, they raise barley, wheat and rye; Oats and corn and sorghum and now I'll tell you why! But then there's also other grains, of course we know are grown. That are used for feedin' cattle, that's why the stuff is sown.
27554 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 17 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Temporary Brand Have you ever had a nylon, break, and hit you in the back? It comes back at you ninety per, you can't outrun that whack! I had that happen twice to me and I'll tell you it ain't fun; It hurts so bad you just can't move until the hurtin's done I was goin' down an alley to turn back this yearling steer;
27555 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 18 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Death Of Jesus Are you really conscious, of the meaning of Easter season? What transpired during this time, and do you know the reason? Jesus was the Son of God, and so they had Him tried, they verdict of the jury, was to have him crucified! They tied him to a pillar, and severely had him lashed.
27556 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 19 E.W. "Roy" Miller An Obvious Interruption My pardner and I was ridin' along and came to a gate that was closed; I opened the last one, so he went to step down, he'd open this one he s'posed! I'll get the gate, I need to get off for a good 'cause anyway; and drain a few cups of the coffee that I had earlier today! So I opened the gate, brought our horses on through,
27557 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 20 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Long Haul! I was workin' in Colorado, when I met a Florida "Gent;" who was up there on vacation, on a buying spree, he went! He bought four real good Hereford bulls, as well as four bull calves, and thirty-six registered cows, this load was split in havles!
27562 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 22 E.W. "Roy" Miller Too Busy I'm speakin' from experience, when I say there is no time; We lose sight of our priorities, it really is a crime! When the day is just beginning, the first thing we should do; Is thank our Heavenly Father, for the night He's seen us through!
27563 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 23 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Feedlot Cowboy The feedlot cowboy starts his day, before it's even light; So he can grain his horses, and have time for every bite. They saddle up beneath yard light, and then head for the pen; and bring up cattle that are sold, and they are weighed and then -
27564 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 23 E.W. "Roy" Miller Christmas We celebrate this season on this very special day because many, many years ago, in Bethlehem He lay. A baby born to save the world, it was God's Divine Plan; This free gift of salvation, for every woman, child and man!
27565 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 24 E.W. "Roy" Miller An Exciting Experience! I was punchin' cows down Florida way in the sand and muck and one fine day, I went to the city to play a while- to relax an unwind and spend my small "pile!" that night goin' home, I was feelin' pretty good; The way my day went, I knew that I would!
27566 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 25 E.W. "Roy" Miller Keep Christ In Christmas! There are groups of people lately and others for some time who want to take Christ out of Christmas which really is a crime! 'Cause according to God's Divine Plan, Jesus Christ was born to die for their sins and yours and mine, that's the only reason why!
27567 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 26 E.W. "Roy" Miller An Unforgettable Experience One day in my life I will never forget, It seems likely yesterday, and yet.. It happened many, many years ago; It's the "gospel truth" and I'll tell you so. In the early 50's in Florida State, in my early twenties, or teenage late..
27568 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 27 E.W. "Roy" Miller Wintertime When winter winds are blowing, and the sky most always grey; On clear nights it gets very cold, and light is short by day. I shiver when I see snow fall, and pile up high and deep; and whistling winds will gather it, and drift it in a heap! The ice is frozen solid, and slippery as can be;
27569 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 28 E.W. "Roy" Miller Mother And Dad How precious are the memories of childhood days gone by; When we stop to reminisce, with a smile and a sigh. I wouldn't trade those yesterdays, not in a million years; They're filled with fun and laughter, joy and happy tears. Those days when we were growing up, the Miller brother, five;
27570 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 29 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Dentures I lost all my teeth in a car wreck, back in 1959. So I've been what you'd call a "Gummer," since I was twenty-nine! These dentures cost me $500.00 and at that time it was high! Now they want ten times that much and I just can't figure out why!