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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
Linear Feet:20

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
702 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 149 S. Omar Barker Retired Bronc Rider These tame ol' plugs you ride these days (remarks ol' Baldy Bill). horse, mount, memory, memories, brag, bucking horse, bucking bronco, riding, dynamite, bronc busting
703 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 150 S. Omar Barker Buckaroo Braggin' Cowboys may do some braggin'. bragging, buckaroo, pride, boast, modest, caterwauling, horse
704 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 151 S. Omar Barker Howdy! I've seen a few big cities and a heap of middlin' towns. over-population, crowd, city, stranger, friends, smiling, eye contact, smile, grin, stranger, neighbors, neighborly, hello, greetings
705 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 152 S. Omar Barker Cowman's Wife Now the gal that loves a cowboy might as well make up her mind. livestock, husband, cowman, spouse, marriage, worry, fear, temper, disagreement, second fiddle, wife, honeymoon
706 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 153 S. Omar Barker What's a Bronco? They asked me "What's a bronco?" Since they seemed to crave to know. bronc, equine son of cyclones, buck, bucking, horse, widow maker, hoss
707 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 154 S. Omar Barker Four-Footed Dynamite They asked me "What's a rodeo?" I told 'em that I knowed. occupation, cowboy, win, wild West, adventure
708 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 12 S. Omar Barker Code of the Cow Country It don't take such a lot of laws. law, cowboy code, code of ethics, welcome, respect, women, sharing, shut gates, neighbors, talk straight, shoot straight, a man's word, live the best you can, code of west
709 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 13 S. Omar Barker Earmarks This feller was a stranger, but his outfit looked all right. cow camp, cow camp, greenhorn, tenderfoot, pay, payment, pay for chuck, second hand, fiver, five dollars
710 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 14 S. Omar Barker First Chevalier Where lies his dust nobody knows. horseback riding, horseback rider, bareback rider, history, steeds
711 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 15 S. Omar Barker Jack Potter's Courtin' Now young Jack Potter was a man who knowed the ways of steers. courting, cows, 1884, Cordie Eddy, love, romance, sweetheart, female, gal, girl, proposal, pop the question, horse, kiss, courtship
712 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 16 S. Omar Barker Cow Country Clue Old cowboys claim they knew for shore. homestead, nesters, cabin, marriage, wedded
713 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 17 S. Omar Barker Tall Men Riding This is the song that the night birds sing. herds, trail herd, Texas, hoof beat, cattle trail, plow, civilization, modernization, longhorn, time, plains, phantom men
714 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 19 S. Omar Barker Ol' Sancho In Atascosa County where the thickets run to thorn. Old Sancho, longhorn, pinto calf, brasadas, Rancher Kerr, dogie, Mrs. Kerr, Mexican, pet, Esperanza Creek, 7Z, 7 Z, brand, Washita, CR, C R, loyalty, paint, Texas, Texas longhorn
715 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 20 S. Omar Barker Songs for a Land of Horseback Men I would sing them sweet and low. New Mexico, cottonwood, desert, mesa, mesas, Pecos, caballeros, vaqueros,horsebackriding
716 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 21 S. Omar Barker San Jacinto The campfires of the Mexican gleamed red a mile away. Houston, Texas Army, campfire, attack at dawn, break of day, Santa Ana, Santa Anna, cavalry, Sam Houston, troops, Deaf Smith, General, The Alamo, Lone Star, fight, war
717 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 22 S. Omar Barker Cowboy's Definition of a Saddle They asked me "What's a saddle?"? It's some leather covered wood. seat, tenderfoot, sore, gear, cinch, blanket, stirrups, horn, cantle, straddle, horse, saddle horn, soreness
718 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 22 S. Omar Barker Rule of the Range For them ol` tie-fast cowboys. rope, roping, lariat
719 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 23 S. Omar Barker The Empty Bunk Ol' Charley's boots with saggin' heels stand empty by his bunk. Old Charley, Old Charlie, bunkhouse, Bar G, humor, Boar's Nest, sing, guitar, song, marriage, wife, bride, honeymoon, Texas, spouse
720 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 24 S. Omar Barker Cowboy's Resolutions As one that's been a cowhand since the wildcats learned to spit. new year, new year's resolution, occupation, occupational lore, resolve, son of saddle sweat, breaking New Year's resolutions, holiday
721 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 25 S. Omar Barker Cowgirl's Recipe To start with, take a horseback man whose face the sun has browned. romance, cowboy, eyes, arms, love, smile, handsome, gentle, horse, how he treats his horse, measure of a cowboy, measure of a man, measurement, qualities, qualifications, boyfriend, girlfriend, mate
722 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 26 S. Omar Barker Granger's Daughter I spied a granger's daughter as the herd come up the trail. granger, settler, squatter, homestead, homesteader, dugout, hand, eyes, blue eyes, yellow hair, golden hair, doorway, plains of alkali
723 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 26 S. Omar Barker The Cowboy's Saddle When he gits in it. He fits in it, gear, outfit, tools, ride, riding, horseback riding, equestrian
724 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 27 S. Omar Barker The Old Time Texas Ranger He drew no handsome wages and his clothes were none too good. rations, food, meat, wild meat, hunting, brave, bravery, law, six gun, sixgun, frontier law, enemies, law and order, history
725 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 27 S. Omar Barker Dogie Definition The dogie's a calf without parents nor friends. He's fat in the middle and pore at both ends, cows, cattle, range, calves
726 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 28 S. Omar Barker Jughead The Boss has bought some ponies, and you've drawed one in your string. horse, horses, pony, saddle, bridle, mount, ride, buck, kack