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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
451 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 84 S. Omar Barker Ranchin'--As Is I'm a knight of the creakin' saddle, a sunburnt son of the West; My legs is bowed to a straddle; My callin' is manifest. cowboy, Cowboy Joe, Knights of the Saddle, work, bowlegged
452 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 85 S. Omar Barker A Ballad of the Border Down on the Mexican Border, Far from a house or a town, A cowpuncher lay one hell-heated day, A-waitin' for night to come down. Lazy J, Aguilar, cattle rustlers, rustling, death, gun, shoot out
453 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 87 S. Omar Barker When Billy the Kid Rides Again High are the mountains and low is the plain, Where Billy the Kid comes a-ridin' again. Old Juanico, ghosts, dead men
454 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 88 S. Omar Barker To A Mountain Cowgirl My cowgirl gal's a mountain maid, Perhaps that's why her eyes, Are deep as lakes in spruce-tree shade, Beneath clear mountain skies. girlfriend, love, woman
455 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 88 S. Omar Barker Grass The cattle drifted seeking it 'cross plains and desert sand, Or bawled in driven trail herds when the drought. barren land, range land, drought
456 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 90 S. Omar Barker Night Herd Song The prairie's wide, the mountain's high, They's herds o' stars up in the sky, A low wind stirs the sacaton, As I ride night herd all alone. girlfriend, love, song, dream, lovesong
457 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 90 S. Omar Barker The Mustang's Epitaph They say the mustang's passin' -- well, goodbye, ol' shaggy-coat, Yuh shore raised noble cain the while yuh lasted! death, Hell, horse, wild horse
458 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 91 S. Omar Barker The Roamin' Rustler! Oh, brandin' is the cowboy's way, Of markin' ownership: With Two Bar O or Diamond A, On shoulder, ribs or hip. branding, rustler, love, rustling
459 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 92 S. Omar Barker On the Mesa Trail Oh, a white, white horse for a red-haired lass, (And a pinto for her cowboy lover--). love, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, romance
460 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 92 S. Omar Barker The Cowgirl at College Oh, the grass on the range of the old Bar G, Is turning a winter gray, Where the fat herds graze contentedly--And I so far away! homesick, school
461 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 93 S. Omar Barker He'll Do! Don't call me no star in the bronc bustin' game -- Sech words is plumb natcherly wrong. bronc busting, praise, cowboys
462 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 94 S. Omar Barker The One Way He's Crooked Nobody looks yuh straighter in the eyes, Than a puncher with a hoss between his thighs. .38, cowboy code, ethics, morality
463 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 95 S. Omar Barker Plenty Pretty! "My love is like a red, red rose--" So sang some poet feller; He never seen my gal, I s'pose, Nor chamisa bloomin' yeller! girl, girlfriend, love, woman, gal, beauty
464 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 96 S. Omar Barker The Cowboy in Winter There's a woeful wind a-keenin', Out along the mesa's rim, And a driftin' snow storm flakin', Where the moon comes risin' dim. snow, occupation, cold, cattle
465 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 97 S. Omar Barker Lopin' Horses A thumpin' 'cross the mesas at the heels o' ranahans, (Which same is what we call wild lead-out steers). lope, horse, cow pony, gallop
466 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 98 S. Omar Barker A Turkey Tale Fer Tenderfeet Now, this here took place in New Mexico. Cowboy Joe, game, roping, hunting, rope, turkeys
467 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 100 S. Omar Barker After Brandin' Time Sing a song o' swingin' ropes. roping, calves, branding, roundup, branding iron, romance, love, woman, girlfriend, romance, boss's daughter, school teacher, school marm
468 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 101 S. Omar Barker The Female of the Species It's a well-knowed fact in the range country. women, male
469 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 102 S. Omar Barker Come An' Git It! I've ate most ever' kind o' food most ever' kind o' place. food, chuck, chuck wagon, biscuit, chow, hunger, appetite, coffee, beans, grub, cook
470 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 103 S. Omar Barker Old Pony The dust o' many roundups kinder cloudy-blurs his eyes. horse, friendship, cow pony, reminisce
471 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 104 S. Omar Barker The Cowboy's Religion Oh, churches and preachin' and singin' of hymns. church, God, worship
472 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 105 S. Omar Barker The Old-Timer Talks of Retiring Oh, I'd like to settle down in some little frontier town. retirement, memories, aging, past
473 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 106 S. Omar Barker To A Blue-Eyed Cowgirl I used to think the sky was blue. girlfriend, woman, female, love, settle, home
474 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 107 S. Omar Barker The Ballad of Choctaw Charley Oh, the old man's orders when he smells a north-easter. wind, north wind, storm, cattle, blizzard, snow, death
475 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 109 S. Omar Barker Word From A Sea Beggar It ain't as I hankers fer murderin' folks. law, fighting, lawyer, jail, jailed