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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
777 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 77 S. Omar Barker Texas Truth Most cowpokes will tell you that here is a truth. youth, learning, knowledge, cowpuncher, cow, intelligence
778 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 78 S. Omar Barker Tejanos Up the trails they came from Texas with their herds of mossy horns. ramaderos, Nueces, brushy, Wyoming, lean, hungry, men, ethnic, cowhand, cattledrive, trail drive, occupation, Texan, grubby, rough, rugged, brush cattle trail
779 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 79 S. Omar Barker The Mustang Bay His mane and tail flowed long and black, his coat was blood-red bay.
780 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 80 S. Omar Barker An Old Cowhand Enters Heaven Ol' Texas Charley lay on his bed. Old Texas Charley, Old Texas Charlie, white hair, memories, recollections, scent, sights, sound, cowhand, aging, age, growing old, time, friends, death, dying, angel band, visions, heaven, belief, old-age
781 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 81 S. Omar Barker One Way of Proposin' On, Sue was young and Sue was fair and Sue was slim and neat. female, cripple, crippled, daughter, food, Bashful Burt, Bert, sweet, kind, romance, courtship, love, courting, bashful, blush, beans, rude, rudeness, kiss
782 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 82 S. Omar Barker Cow Camp at Night A cowhorse snuffs on a ridge top. animals, coyote, moon, hawk, night, darkness, lonesome, campfire, haze, hoof dust, natur, rememberances, peacefulness, city notice, roundup, range, saddle, Old Earth, ground, sleep in the open, starlight, sky, cowboy life, cow camp
783 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 82 S. Omar Barker Cow Country Saying The less words a wise jasper uses.
784 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 83 S. Omar Barker Watching' Me Ride Isom Like was seventy-odd. age, old-age, leathery skin, whiskers, son, children, six sons, riding men, energy, vitality, contest, riding show, Ma Like, Jake, Joe, John, Noah, Ike, dusty dunn, big-foot bay, bucking broncs, cheering, pride, shank, spurs, southern dude, rough riding, ring-tailed cat, straddle, spizz, whooping, hollering, son-of-a-gun, yelling, bronco busting
785 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 85 S. Omar Barker Bridle Reins You've studied quite a bit, I'll bet, about the bits you've bought. limber, strength, dude, cayuse, cowboys, knowing how to use reins, tenderfoot, punchers, open reins, jingling chains, braided reins, length of reins, importance of reins, pitched, thrown, eight foot rein, six foot rein,
786 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 85 S. Omar Barker True Sayin' They say that a cowboy is this or he's that. appearance, gun, hat, hombre, guts, horse, hoss, tough man, strength, courage
787 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 86 S. Omar Barker Thirsty Cowboy There's a sayin' out west and it's true, I'll allow.
788 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 87 S. Omar Barker Down By the Banks of the Pecos Oliver-Loving and One-Armed Bill. sandhill, Indians, Comanches, war paint, feathers, long black hair, hiding place, fight, death, river's smell, bullets, arrows, shooting, attack, snake, diamond-back, danger, fear, night, moonless night, waiting for death, underwear, swimming the Pecos, cactus, stone, Goodnight's herd, wounds, Loving, legend, tale
789 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 89 S. Omar Barker What's a Barbecue? They asked me "What's a barbecue?" ... I told 'em it's a feast.
790 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 81 S. Omar Barker Ranch House Night An ol' cow bawlin' down the draw. comfort, home, cozy, sound, night, purr, peace, contentedness
791 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 90 S. Omar Barker Big Windies They asked me "What's a windy?" ... Well, us cowboys love to spin. campfire, storytelling, tales, leisure time, timber, owl, bear, warm day, adventure, nap, rifle, broken rifle, climbing up the tree, escaping the bear, tall tree, tongue, bear's tongue, swinging the bear around, doggone bear, yanking the bear wrong side out, grizzly bears, ten grizzly bears, killing the time, windies
792 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 94 S. Omar Barker The Horny Toad The horny toad, ill graced but harmless. animals, ugly, charm less, ants, garden ants, pants
793 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 94 S. Omar Barker For the Love of Lily Judge Bean, he cut out pictures and he hung 'me on the wall.
794 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 93 S. Omar Barker Judge Bean's Jury If times was bad or times was good.
795 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 92 S. Omar Barker The Law Wes of the Pecos Judge Roy Bean of Vinegarroon.
796 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 95 S. Omar Barker Go Down to the Crossin' Go down to the crossin' and holler to the Boss! river, high water, dogie, Kansas trail, ol' Ramrod, crossing the river, strip off the duds, naked, herd, herd crossing the river, snuff, snort, mill, milling in the river, Shorty, drown, safe alive, drift-log, Texas, little dogie, cold water, pile of stones, grave, death, trail boss, Trail Boss's bones, epitaph, drowning
797 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 91 S. Omar Barker Ol' Ranny Caught in a cliff rimmed canyon, rushed by a dozen men.
798 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 96 S. Omar Barker Bad Man's Funeral They didn't have no preacher when they laid Black Jack away.
799 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 97 S. Omar Barker Cattle King The nesters came and barbed wire grew.
800 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 96 S. Omar Barker Well Grounded I asked an old time cowboy for his secret of success.
801 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 98 S. Omar Barker If Ever You Go Riding If ever you go riding on the road through Lincoln Town. cottonwood, adobe, brown adobe houses, sun, saddle, sky, tarp of gold, coyotes, cactus hill, court house, bullet scars, stars, redonda, blood, dead men, shadows, Juanico, horseman, phantom shape, gun smoke, terror, jail, Ollenger, Capitan, gun fighting, the Kid, Bell, Brady, saddle souls, forgotten trail, killer, moonlight, flee, haunted, age, night, imagination