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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
27572 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 29 E.W. "Roy" Miller Springtime Springtime is a happy time, for all that is alive; The cold north wind a 'blowin', and winter did survive. The green grass comes a'peekin' through, new buds appear on trees; Animals shed their heavy coats, I marvel at all of these. The sun gives off its warmth in rays;
27573 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 30 E.W. "Roy" Miller Our Tenth Wedding Anniversary As I look over the past ten years, and see what these ten years have brought; I see my rewards and all credit is due, to the partner which I sought. The qualities I saw in "Her," were far beyond compare; Honest and true and gentle, loving and kind and fair.
27575 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 32 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Invisible Partner I have a Partner I can't see, I talk to every day; I try to keep this meeting, regardless, come what may. I ask for His opinion, on every decision made. And wait for His approval..Until the plans are laid. Then when I get the "green light," of course I move ahead.
27576 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 33 E.W. "Roy" Miller Why I Got In The Dude String Biz! Well, everyone's had some goals they have set, though some of these goals don't turn out! Some dreams mature and some dreams fall flat; and I guess that's what life's all about! I had cowboyed all over the country,
27577 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 34 E.W. "Roy" Miller Mishap On A Dude Outfit For several days, I watched this ol' horse, pokin' along real slow; With women and kids of all ages aboard, he'd stop without sayin' whoa. I 'd seen that strap that keeps the cinch from slidin' back in his flanks; Was broken and busted and hangin' down-in priority, first it ranks!
27578 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 35 E.W. "Roy" Miller When In Prayer When in prayer at the close of the day; Pray for direction, you won't lose your way. Pray for the aged, forgotten, forlorn; For new arrivals, small infants just born pray for the sick, the dying, the lost;
27579 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 35 E.W. "Roy" Miller Someday Soon Someday the Lord is coming back, He's promised to return; The day or hour it will be, no man will ever learn, but when we least expect Him, in the twinkling of an eye; In all His grace and splendor, our Lord will "break the sky!" the dead shall rise to meet Him,
27580 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 37 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Cowboy Talks With God Dead God in Heaven way up high, can I talk with you a spell? And thank you, dear Lord up above, for watchin' me and well; For keepin' me from gettin' hurt, and watchin' those I love; And each and every good thing, Lord, You send down from above. You know I live a dangerous life ridin' green broncs that are tough;
27581 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 38 E.W. "Roy" Miller Our Family Reunion I'll tell you about a Caribbean Cruise, A family reunion, t'would be; So we flew down to Puerto Rico, on the "Carla Costa," set sea. We had a great time with our in-laws, (most of them outlaws instead);
27582 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 39 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Love Of Jesus Did you ever stop to ponder, on the Love that was displayed; When Jesus Christ was crucified, and the terrible price he paid! Words can't describe the pain He felt, when he died there on the tree; He took our place there on the cross, He died for you and me!
27583 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 41 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Friend In Need, Is A Friend Indeed! In the winter of 1996 while looking for a double-wide we drove past hank Richardson's down the road on their north side, They had a great arena with lights to rope at night but the home we went to look at just didn't suit us right.
27584 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 42 E.W. "Roy" Miller Together Twenty-Five Years It's almost twenty-five years now, or before long it will be; We took each other for better or rose, our hearts were filled with glee. We'd both been single for many a year, and ready to settle down; We agreed to "get hitched," packed our bags, eloped and just skipped town.
27585 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 44 E.W. "Roy" Miller Caught With My Pants We were at our kids' in Maui and homeward on our way we were landing at the airport in the city of LA; The plane of course had restrooms but I'd use a larger one there in a terminal restroom I saw the damage I had done. In zippin' up my Wranglers down from the very start
27586 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 44 E.W. "Roy" Miller Forgive Me, Lord Forgive me Dear God, for my failures today; Forgive me for straying, I went the wrong way; For doing somethings, I shouldn't have done; If I slighted, insulted, or offended someone. Was I too busy to give of my time;
27587 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 45 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ralston's Cat House Now I've heard lots and lots of stories about those Cat Houses in town; How they're filled with pretty women in a mighty flimsy gown. How the gals will hug and kiss you and entertain you through the night; And guys sometimes get detained 'till the morning sun shines bright.
27588 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 46 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Real Wheeler Dealer Down at New Tribes Aviation my friend, -Scott Wolfe by name; Is sure enough an okay guy and huntin' is his game! He hunts small and big game, he's a bargain hunter, too; And when you think he's givin up, he'd a long, long ways from through!
27589 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 48 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Date With Death I was travelin' through the country, stopping in this little town; When a standing line of people, made me curious, slowed me down. They were backed up for a city block and I wondered where they're bound; It turned out to be the courthouse for a year they fooled around.
27590 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 49 E.W. "Roy" Miller Outdoor Meditation I like to come up on this point, and think and meditate; To sort'a count my blessings, relax and concentrate I like this view, one sees from here, for miles and miles around; It's gorgeous and amazing, anyone, would astound! way off in the distance,
27591 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 50 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Waterbed One nice summer day, with my hard earned pay, to the city, mydarlin' wife went! She walked down the mall floor, and came to this store and on buyin' this thing, she was bent! She got into her head..a waterbed! ( At least it won't hurt to look)
27592 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 51 E.W. "Roy" Miller God's Plan For Man The love of God, for man was strong, when He gave his only Son; To die upon the cross for us, including everyone! In doing this He had a plan, (Salvation full and free); Providing Life Eternal, for us sinners, you and me! When Jesus gave His life for us,
27593 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 52 E.W. "Roy" Miller Our Annual Elk Hunting Family Affair Now, I'm not a professional packer takin' hunter's out each fall; 'Cause I hate the snow and cold so bad that I could almost bawl! Oh, I'll do it for myself and for my own two sons; and maybe for a special friend, but they're the only ones! We've done this as a family for quite a number of years;
27594 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 55 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Lord As I awoke this morning, the sun was breaking through; I had a gracious feeling, I knew what I had to do, I knelt along my bedside, on my knees I bowed my head; In reverence with my eyes closed, these words to God I sadid. Thank you, Heavenly Father,
27596 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 56 E.W. "Roy" Miller Two Peas In A Pod My wife tells me I'm getting forgetful I'll admit this is totally true. I start on a definite mission then forget what I wanted to do! At my age, this should be expected but I'm very fortunate man; I see people much younger than I am that can't do the things I still can. At seventy, I'm team roping three times a week and
27597 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 57 E.W. "Roy" Miller Gary Ahrnsbrak Gary's married to our daughter, so he's our son in law. He's an idea husband, and fro his kids, a real good pa! They live in Maui, miles away - yet we see them every year, Sometimes even twice a year, so you'd think they're very near. He's a dive instructor and so they've got a boat
27598 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 58 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Retiring Rancher He walks down to the saddle shed, and corrals that stand nearby; In the evening of this Racher's life, breathes deep, and then a sigh; He's been successful in his work, and this year will be his last; The summer's fast approaching, and will soon be in the past!