Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads

John LOMAX (1867 - 1948)

John Avery Lomax is a towering figure in the field of early American musicology and folklore. Through intensive field work, Lomax built up the core body of work for the Library of Congress Archive. "Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads" is his collection that propelled him to the forefront of his field and ignited new interest in American folklore, inspiring many to continue research. For his contributions to the field of cowboy music, Locas was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Many of the verses here are accompanied by musical scores, and some may be more familiar in their musical form such as "A Home on the Range." A wide array of characters and life across the western United States is represented here. - Summary by Larry Wilson

Genre(s): Anthologies, Ballads

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dedication Larry Wilson
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Play 02 Introduction Larry Wilson
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Play 03 Collector's Note Larry Wilson
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Play 04 The Dying Cowboy Nemo
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Play 05 The Days of Forty-nine Nemo
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Play 06 Joe Bowers Nemo
00:02:44
Play 07 The Cowboy's Dream Jack Allan
00:02:17
Play 08 The Cowboy's Life Michael Fassio
00:01:54
Play 09 The Kansas Line Scotty Smith
00:01:53
Play 10 The Cowman's Prayer Larry Wilson
00:01:18
Play 11 The Miner's Song Kurt
00:02:49
Play 12 Jesse James Michael Fassio
00:02:39
Play 13 Poor Lonesome Cowboy Scotty Smith
00:01:30
Play 14 Buena Vista Battlefield Michael Fassio
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Play 15 Westward Ho Kurt
00:01:26
Play 16 A Home on the Range Larry Wilson
00:01:56
Play 17 Texas Rangers Scotty Smith
00:03:06
Play 18 The Mormon Bishop's Lament Scotty Smith
00:04:03
Play 19 Dan Taylor Scotty Smith
00:01:53
Play 20 When Work Is Done This Fall Michael Fassio
00:03:10
Play 21 Sioux Indians DrPGould
00:02:19
Play 22 The Old Chisholm Trail Scotty Smith
00:03:34
Play 23 Jack Donahoo Scotty Smith
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Play 24 Utah Carroll Kurt
00:03:17
Play 25 The Bull-whacker realisticspeakers
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Play 26 The "Metis" Song of the Buffalo Hunters realisticspeakers
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Play 27 The U-S-U Range Nemo
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Play 28 The Cowboy's Lament realisticspeakers
00:04:04
Play 29 Love In Disguise realisticspeakers
00:02:25
Play 30 Mustang Gray realisticspeakers
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Play 31 Young Companions Kurt
00:01:58
Play 32 Lackey Bill Scotty Smith
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Play 33 Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along Little Dogies Scotty Smith
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Play 34 I'm A Good Old Rebel Scotty Smith
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Play 35 The Cowboy Eva Davis
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Play 36 Bill Peters, The Stage Driver Kurt
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Play 37 Hard Times Michael Fassio
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Play 38 Cole Younger Kurt
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Play 39 Mississippi Girls Kurt
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Play 40 The Old Man Under the Hill Kurt
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Play 41 Jerry, Go Ile That Car realisticspeakers
00:02:29
Play 42 John Garner's Trail Herd Michael Fassio
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Play 43 The Old Scout's Lament Kurt
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Play 44 The Lone Buffalo Hunter Kurt
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Play 45 The Crooked Trail to Holbrook Kurt
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Play 46 Only a Cowboy Kurt
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Play 47 Fuller and Warren Kurt
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Play 48 The Trail to Mexico Kurt
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Play 49 The Horse Wrangler Nemo
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Play 50 California Joe Peter Yearsley
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Play 51 The Boston Burglar Nemo
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Play 52 Sam Bass Nemo
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Play 53 The Zebra Dun Kurt
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Play 54 The Buffalo Skinners Kurt
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Play 55 Macaffie's Confession Kurt
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Play 56 Little Joe, The Wrangler Kurt
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Play 57 Harry Bale Kurt
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Play 58 Foreman Monroe Kurt
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Play 59 The Dreary Black Hills realisticspeakers
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Play 60 A Mormon Song Tim Watkins
00:02:40
Play 61 The Buffalo Hunters Nemo
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Play 62 The Little Old Sod Shanty Kurt
00:02:53
Play 63 The Gol-darned Wheel Cyndy
00:04:41
Play 64 Bonnie Black Bess BettyB
00:02:36
Play 65 The Last Longhorn Peter Yearsley
00:02:42
Play 66 A Prisoner for Life Kurt
00:02:03
Play 67 The Wars of Germany Nemo
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Play 68 Freighting from Wilcox to Globe Kurt
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Play 69 The Arizona Boys and Girls BettyB
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Play 70 The Dying Ranger realisticspeakers
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Play 71 The Fair Fannie Moore Peter Yearsley
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Play 72 Hell in Texas Nemo
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Play 73 By Markentura's Flowery Marge Kurt
00:02:02
Play 74 The State of Arkansaw Nemo
00:03:28
Play 75 The Texas Cowboy Kurt
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Play 76 The Dreary, Dreary Life Kurt
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Play 77 Jim Farrow Kurt
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Play 78 Young Charlottie BettyB
00:03:43
Play 79 The Skew-Ball Black Kurt
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Play 80 The Rambling Cowboy Nemo
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Play 81 The Cowboy at Church Nemo
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Play 82 The U. S. A. Recruit Larry Wilson
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Play 83 The Cowgirl BettyB
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Play 84 The Shanty Boy Kurt
00:01:28
Play 85 Root Hog or Die Michael
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Play 86 Sweet Betsy from Pike BettyB
00:02:55
Play 87 The Disheartened Ranger Cyndy
00:02:58
Play 88 The Melancholy Cowboy Nemo
00:02:10
Play 89 Bob Stanford Michael
00:01:35
Play 90 Charlie Rutlage Michael
00:01:59
Play 91 The Range Riders Chris Pyle
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Play 92 Her White Bosom Bare Kurt
00:03:58
Play 93 Juan Murray Chris Pyle
00:02:13
Play 94 Greer County Cyndy
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Play 95 Rosin the Bow Kurt
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Play 96 The Great Round-Up Larry Wilson
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Play 97 The Jolly Cowboy Yanyan Zeng
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Play 98 The Convict Kurt
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Play 99 Jack O' Diamonds Kurt
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Play 100 The Cowboy's Meditation Nemo
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Play 101 Billy Venero Kurt
00:04:14
Play 102 Dogie Song Tim Watkins
00:01:06
Play 103 The Boozer Kurt
00:01:19
Play 104 Drinking Song Kurt
00:00:55
Play 105 A Fragment Larry Wilson
00:00:49
Play 106 A Man Named Hods Lowell Moore
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Play 107 A Fragment Larry Wilson
00:00:53
Play 108 The Lone Star Trail aniroo
00:03:37
Play 109 Way Down In Mexico DrPGould
00:01:07
Play 110 Rattlesnake A Ranch Haying Song DrPGould
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Play 111 The Railroad Corral Jack Albert
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Play 112 The Song of the "Metis" Trapper Cyndy
00:01:58
Play 113 The Camp Fire Has Gone Out Bristol Chilton
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Play 114 Night-Herding Song aniroo
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Play 115 Tail Piece DrPGould
00:00:39
Play 116 The Habit Nemo
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Play 117 Old Paint Cyndy
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Play 118 Down South on the Rio Grande Larry Wilson
00:01:12
Play 119 Silver Jack Phil Schempf
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Play 120 The Cowboy's Christmas Ball Nemo
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Play 121 Pinto Larry Wilson
00:01:38
Play 122 The Gal I Left Behind Me Wolfgang Bas
00:01:50
Play 123 Billy The Kid Cyndy
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Play 124 The Hell-Bound Train Nemo
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Play 125 The Old Scout's Lament Phil Schempf
00:01:42
Play 126 The Deserted Adobe Yanyan Zeng
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Play 127 The Cowboy at Work Yanyan Zeng
00:01:56
Play 128 Here's to the Ranger! aniroo
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Play 129 Muster Out the Ranger aniroo
00:01:40
Play 130 A Cow Camp on the Range Phil Schempf
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Play 131 Freckles. A Fragment DrPGould
00:02:26
Play 132 Whose Old Cow? Larry Wilson
00:03:16
Play 133 Old Time Cowboy Cyndy
00:02:30
Play 134 Bucking Broncho Nemo
00:02:06
Play 135 The Pecos Queen BettyB
00:01:26
Play 136 Chopo aniroo
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Play 137 Top Hand DrPGould
00:02:26
Play 138 California Trail Bristol Chilton
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Play 139 Bronc Peeler's Song aniroo
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Play 140 A Deer Hunt Tim Watkins
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Play 141 Windy Bill Michael Fassio
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Play 142 Wild Rovers Michael Fassio
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Play 143 Life in a Half-Breed Shack Larry Wilson
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Play 144 The Road to Cook's Peak Cyndy
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Play 145 Araphoe, Or Buckskin Joe Phil Schempf
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Play 146 Rounded up in Glory Larry Wilson
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Play 147 The Drunkard's Hell Michael
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Play 148 Rambling Boy aniroo
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Play 149 Brigham Young. I. DrPGould
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Play 150 Brigham Young. II DrPGould
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Play 151 The Old Gray Mule Nemo
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Play 152 The Fools of Forty-nine aniroo
00:02:25
Play 153 A Ripping Trip aniroo
00:01:04
Play 154 The Happy Miner aniroo
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Play 155 The California Stage Company aniroo
00:01:25
Play 156 New National Anthem Larry Wilson
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