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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
27658 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 121 E.W. "Roy" Miller Let's Count Our Blessings I kinda' had the blues one day, when things weren't going right, feelin' sorry for myself, with money always right. While some of us have nothing much, and others have great wealth, I realized I was fortunate, at least I had my health! I got to reminiscing, thinking back is what I means.
27659 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 123 E.W. "Roy" Miller Payin' Through The Nose - Literally Now, I don't claim to be a hog man, although I've owned a few; And I've had some sad experiences I'll just relate to you. Now, you know dogs have different traits, I'm sure you will agree; I thought the same applied to hogs, you could have fooled me!
27660 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 124 E.W. "Roy" Miller How The Flies Have you ever stopped to ponder, or think of how time flies; How we are getting older, regardless of what one tries. How we are getting withered, or perhaps are turning grey; How we begin to tire, and look for close of day. Remember when the two of you, you and your lovely spouse;
27661 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 126 E.W. "Roy" Miller Fifty Years Of Married Blitz Fifty, happy years ago Dick and Ruth said the words, " I Do." On October 13th of 1956, how those fifty years have flew! And during theses years, united as one, raised a beautiful fam-il-ee and later on grandchildren came, adding to the family tree. After they all were raised and gone, Dick and Ruth got itchy feet
27662 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 127 E.W. "Roy" Miller Today Today I'm going to try to curb, my every single thought; Try real hard to remember, the things that I was taught. Be honest, sincere, friendly, sympathetic, kind and good; And maybe give a helping hand, just like a neighbor should. I'm going to watch my every word, and
27663 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 129 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Other Daughter With my precious wife of forty-seven years, together, raised a family of four; I'm grateful to have had that many, yet I'm glad there weren't anymore! Two sons we're very proud of and tow daughters, we're very proud of too we couldn't have done any better, regardless of what we'd do! But there is another one they call her our daughter-in-law;
27664 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 129 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Father Thank You, Dear Father, for your goodness today! For countless blessings, we enjoy on our way! For daily forgiveness, for your mercy and grace! For strength and for wisdom, as life's burdens we face! For knowledge and guidance, as we travel Life's road!
27665 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 131 E.W. "Roy" Miller One Advantage Of Being Blind Have you ever talked with someone, who was born without their sight; All they know is what they see, like the darkness of the night. The beauty that these folks enjoy, is brought by you and me; They form their opinion, on what we project, don't you see.
27666 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 131 E.W. "Roy" Miller What's In A Name? Now, you may not believe this story, but it's straight from the horse's mouth; From my home state of South Dakota, Nebraska lies just to the south. And there in the small town of Fairmont where the Chapmans used to reside. I'll tell you an amazing lifestyle, but I guess I'll let you decide. Edith Mae definitely had a gift for rhyme
27667 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 133 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Syson Family I came across the neatest family and I'll tell you about each one; I'll start in with the youngest - Levi is the youngest son. Then one day I range the doorbell and the door swung open wide; From behind it came out Christopher and he'd no longer hide. Then the third one is Nikolas "NIk"
27668 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 134 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Lord, Thank You! When God looked down from Heaven and saw the likes of me he shook his head disgustingly and decide then that he must search the wide world over to find the perfect mate so he picked this "special person" and then at any rate. He arranged for us a meeting and
27669 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 136 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Other Brother I was one of five boys so of course I had four brothers, Each in his own way was different from the others. Poor Merle met with cancer and fought it thirteen years. For it to run in the family was one of our greatest fears! But by God's amazing grace, so far there's no sign.
27670 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 137 E.W. "Roy" Miller To "My Sister" I Never Had I've thought of you so often since Doug told us of your ills, I suppose you will need surgery, drugs, and rest and pills; and since you are so special every day I am in prayer, Ad if this had to happen, I'm grateful that you're there. There with your loving daughter and precious grand kids too
27671 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 138 E.W. "Roy" Miller Two Different Happenings Nine-Eleven was a terrible event, We all would like to forget! Thousands killed, hurt, or crippled for life. Unpleasant memories galore and yet. Our thought go back continuously to those, Who willingly gave up their lives! Trying to save those covered by debris, the husbands, their children, their wives!
27672 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 139 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ungratefulness I kept my steers at Jim's arena and I had my tractor there because while cleanin' the corral it saved some wear and tear; A few swipes with the loader would save a lot of time and easy movin' big round bales I'll bet you a dime. After ropin' there all summer I took my tractor back
27673 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 141 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Talk With God "What have you done with your life?" He asked me. "Have you used the talents I have given to thee?" I looked to the Heavens, and I thought for awhile; "Well, I think I have," I said with a smile! "I've written alot in the past thirty years;
27674 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 142 E.W. "Roy" Miller Birds Sometimes I get to wondering, when I think of birds that fly; Why some will barely "top" the tees, while others soar real high. Why some flap their wings a while, and then perhaps will glide; I love to watch the geese fly, in formation, and with pride! I've seen the big hawk take a dive,
27675 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 144 E.W. "Roy" Miller Happy Birthday Charlie, My Love To the "kids" in our family and those who have joined it. How do I say this? Where do I start? I cut his out of the paper in Maui when we were there 'cause it sure touched my heart! I'm assuming that Charlie was killed or had died
27676 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 145 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Variation Of The Wind Have you ever watched the wind blow, or a gentle little breeze; It's really fascinating, to watch the swayin' of the trees. Sometimes it's just a whisper, to cool the noon-day heat; and when you pull your boots off, it will sooth your burning feet; Sometimes the gusts will scurry up,
27677 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 147 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Cowboy Prays Dear God, up in Heaven, way up in the sky, I want to stop and visit you, from this hilltop high. As I admire your handwork, and by this spectacular view, I feel just as close to you, Lord, as those in churches do. It's quiet here and peaceful, I can really meditate;
27678 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 148 E.W. "Roy" Miller Promise Keepers '95 In the year of 1990 while divin' down the road; God laid a burden on his heart and the seed indeed was sowed! Colorado University's football coach, Bill McCartey is his name; Listened to that still small voice and planned a different game! It was to fill CU's Folsom field with 50,000 men
27679 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 149 E.W. "Roy" Miller Dear John I'm sorry to have to inform you. this sad story which now I'll relate; I've fallen in love with your girlfriend, so just cancel your wedding date! It's not easy for me to tell you this, I don't mean to be breaking your heart when she gave me my first haircut, it was love from the very start. She's definitely not hard to look at and
27680 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 151 E.W. "Roy" Miller So They Say Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so the saying goes and there's a lot of truth in this as everybody knows. So I let my wife vacation, one or twice a year - So when she finally returns in her eyes she'll have tear. She appreciates me so much more ( I haven't been around)
27681 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 151 E.W. "Roy" Miller Loosing A Friend Have you ever had a buddy, or someone that you knew; Go along from day to day, exactly as you do. Healthy and strong and normal, and happy as can be they suddenly feel some pain, a doctor then go see. and so test after another, till they're absolutely sure;
27682 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 152 E.W. "Roy" Miller I Believe In Miracles Do you believe in miracles? - I sincerely hope you do if you just read the Bible, you will before you're through! 'Cause Jesus performed many,and I'll name just a few; In chapter 10 of the book of Mark, 46 through 52- He heals the blind Bartimeus, -and if you will further read;