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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
27599 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 60 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Elfrida Lineman Now you've heard of the Wichita Lineman, that Glen Campbell sang about; But say, the Elfrida Lineman has him beat without a doubt! He comes from North of the border, just across from Mexico way; And for Sulfur Springs Electric, he works to earn his pay.
27600 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 61 E.W. "Roy" Miller The First Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering There's a great event soon comin'! What an occasion it will be! The Gatherin' of Cowboy Poets! Not one day, two, but three! From fifteen western states they'll come, to enjoy what lies in store; Music, films, and art works, poems of cowboy lore!
27601 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 61 E.W. "Roy" Miller You Missed The Boat I got this friend in Arizona, but I think he needs a wife because living by yourself, can be a very lonely life. Gary told me once last year I should write a poem for him but when you're working day and night, chances then are mighty slim.
27605 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 62 E.W. "Roy" Miller Rodeo Rodeo is the greatest sport, it has it's "ups and downs." Broncs and bulls and ropin' steers, cowboys, girls, and clowns. Timed events like doggin', as well as ropin' too; Judged events like ridin', bulls and broncs will do! They open each performance, with The Star Spangled Banner;
27606 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 63 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ashamed? You've been acquainted with people, you know (you think you do) yet at times when you meet them, they'll pretend they don't see you. They'll ignore you, get real busy, maybe look the other way; They will not acknowledge you..Not until you say-; "Hello Bill, how are you?"
27607 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 63 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Morning Prayer With this new day in it's dawning, and I pause to start my day; Guard my thoughts, my words, my actions, Help me Jesus, this I pray. Give me guidance and direction keep me on the narrow trail; Keep my mind on you, Dear Jesus, then I know I will not fall.
27608 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 64 E.W. "Roy" Miller An All-Around Nag I was at their place of business with my friends came drvin' in; They were pullin' a goose neck trailer that was loaded to the brim. Jim Husted and his father, Don, then started to unload these horses at their stable just off this gravel road. Jim pulled out the first one, a mighty shiny horse
27609 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 65 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Correct Length There's been a lot of controversy on the length of stirrups that you ride, with so many ridin' horseback in the country far and wide. Some ride a real long stirrup, they're almost reachin' for things and others got'em jacked way up, to each, satisfaction brings. Ropers I think ride them short,
27610 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 66 E.W. "Roy" Miller Family Reunion - Caribbean Style Listen here, Mates, and I'll tell you a tale; of a Caribbean Cruise, and a ship we'd sail! The "Carla Costa" (Italian Style) the Holmer clan seized it for a'while! Yes, this wild and woolly and mangy bunch; Set sail on a ship and I've got a hunch
27611 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 69 E.W. "Roy" Miller Lay Up Your Treasures In Heaven When we were young, starting in life, we all had goals to set; Achievements that we had in mind, (some we're accomplishing yet)! It's easy to place too much value, on tangible things, I feel; That moth and rust indeed will corrupt, that thieves break in and steal, so lay up treasures in Heaven,
27612 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 71 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Franklin Arena I've been ropin' at Jay Franklin's Arena and wife Anita usually runs the chute: She keeps that darn thing filled right up, I mean brute after brute after brute! And when I ride into that box, I've got ten thousand things on my mind; "Catch that right horn," "keep elbow up," "Get up close" and things of that kind!
27613 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 71 E.W. "Roy" Miller Christmas Some people think that Christmas is a time of holidays; And celebrate this occasion in many various ways; We think of nut and candy, and a variety of toys; With different shapes and colors, that make a lot of noise. The children think of sleigh bells, and perhaps, old Santa, too;
27614 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 74 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Gay Caballero We were havin' dinner at the Captains Table one beautiful summer right; Some had prime rib and others crab legs and we're savoring every bite. When all at once behind my back someone close my eyes; And gives me a kiss right on my cheek and it wasn't the kind of good-byes! I don't have eyes in the back of my head,
27615 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 74 E.W. "Roy" Miller Zelda Speaks Out! There's a guy that lives down Davis road and he knows just how I feel; He knows I have pent up emotions and my hurts will take time to heal. He knows I'm a four-legged creature and he knows my family tree; So why would my master who loves me? Tag a name like Zelda on me?
27616 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 76 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Dear Friends Listen up and I'll ask you a question: Have you heard of the word called Friend? It's a person who's there when you need them It's their hands and their hearts that they lend! In the middle of the night on February 25th We woke up with out house all aflame;
27617 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 79 E.W. "Roy" Miller God's Good Timing In God's good time events will take place, beyond what man comprehends; But He'll have a purpose we won't understand, in a tragic event that he sends. Now the fire that we lost our home in, in pondering on things o'er and o'er; I can se His goodness in many ways, we have much to be thankful for: He picked a time when all children were near,
27618 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 79 E.W. "Roy" Miller Slow Me Down, Lord Lord, you know that I get busy, we don't talk quite like we should: I don't come to you in earnest, like I'm sure You wish I would. I don't marvel at Your wonders, like a visiting friend will do; But with him then I will agree; because I know it's true! We just take it all for granted, like we do with every day;
27619 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 81 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Second Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering The second Cowboy Poetry Gatherin' is now but History; But in the back of my ol'brain, remains this mystery! How could the second gatherin' "hold a candle" to the first? This first one, which we know was great, turned out to be the "worst!" I've tried often in the past,
27620 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 82 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Hoss Corral Some's standin' on three legs, with one hind leg cocked; Some have black points, and some are white socked. That sorrel horse there, with a streak in his face; Is a mite lazy, but cows, he can chase! That bay's sort'a timid, stand off the side;
27621 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 84 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Week With The Big Three Santa really came early this year (For a bad boy) was sure good to me! He arranged a trip to the N.F.R., accompanied by the Big Three! Hanson and Merril contributing a bunch to this festive, gala event; And Merle, my big-little brother, me taggin' along's what it meant! But thanks to them I was their guest,
27622 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 85 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Beauty Of It All When one views God's wondrous beauty, in this land that He has made, and a jillion tiny snowflakes, make a blanket He has laid- As I watch the fluffy snowflakes, glisten brightly as they fall; One gets a peaceful feeling.. that's the beauty of it all! Out on the flat or "level,"
27623 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 86 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Fantastic Trip Our kids live in Hawaii, so we went to visit them there; We flew to San Francisco, into California air. Then on the Island of Oahu, Honolulu here we come; Saw the Polynesian Center and then Pearl Harbor some, Then we flew to the Island of Maui, where ten days we had a blast;
27624 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 87 E.W. "Roy" Miller Logan's Talking Chickens I've been taking care of chickens, well, just gathering their eggs; making sure they're fed and watered, so not a single chicken begs! Logan Burns is on vacation, so I'm tryin' to take his place; But I feel a need to tell you, they were wearing a sad face!
27625 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 89 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Bay With A Blaze And Four Stocking Feet "Never get married to a horse" I've heard that saying for years! and I've always made it a policy so I wouldn't be sheddin' the tears! and tradein' horses for thirty-five years. You know that I've owned a host; I'd load up my semi with twenty head and hauled them to the west coast!
27626 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 90 E.W. "Roy" Miller Cowboy Clint Zangger When I met Clint I was a boy of maybe twelve years old and after all that time and impressionable years unfold. I vividly remember and recall that day, of course, The reason they came over was to simply buy a horse! And after the transaction and the deal was made and through