Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads

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

156 chapters
Collector's Note
The Dying Cowboy
The Days of Forty-nine
Joe Bowers
The Cowboy's Dream
The Cowboy's Life
The Kansas Line
The Cowman's Prayer
The Miner's Song
Jesse James
Poor Lonesome Cowboy
Buena Vista Battlefield
Westward Ho
A Home on the Range
Texas Rangers
The Mormon Bishop's Lament
Dan Taylor
When Work Is Done This Fall
Sioux Indians
The Old Chisholm Trail
Jack Donahoo
Utah Carroll
The Bull-whacker
The "Metis" Song of the Buffalo Hunters
The U-S-U Range
The Cowboy's Lament
Love In Disguise
Mustang Gray
Young Companions
Lackey Bill
Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along Little Dogies
I'm A Good Old Rebel
The Cowboy
Bill Peters, The Stage Driver
Hard Times
Cole Younger
Mississippi Girls
The Old Man Under the Hill
Jerry, Go Ile That Car
John Garner's Trail Herd
The Old Scout's Lament
The Lone Buffalo Hunter
The Crooked Trail to Holbrook
Only a Cowboy
Fuller and Warren
The Trail to Mexico
The Horse Wrangler
California Joe
The Boston Burglar
Sam Bass
The Zebra Dun
The Buffalo Skinners
Macaffie's Confession
Little Joe, The Wrangler
Harry Bale
Foreman Monroe
The Dreary Black Hills
A Mormon Song
The Buffalo Hunters
The Little Old Sod Shanty
The Gol-darned Wheel
Bonnie Black Bess
The Last Longhorn
A Prisoner for Life
The Wars of Germany
Freighting from Wilcox to Globe
The Arizona Boys and Girls
The Dying Ranger
The Fair Fannie Moore
Hell in Texas
By Markentura's Flowery Marge
The State of Arkansaw
The Texas Cowboy
The Dreary, Dreary Life
Jim Farrow
Young Charlottie
The Skew-Ball Black
The Rambling Cowboy
The Cowboy at Church
The U. S. A. Recruit
The Cowgirl
The Shanty Boy
Root Hog or Die
Sweet Betsy from Pike
The Disheartened Ranger
The Melancholy Cowboy
Bob Stanford
Charlie Rutlage
The Range Riders
Her White Bosom Bare
Juan Murray
Greer County
Rosin the Bow
The Great Round-Up
The Jolly Cowboy
The Convict
Jack O' Diamonds
The Cowboy's Meditation
Billy Venero
Dogie Song
The Boozer
Drinking Song
A Fragment
A Man Named Hods
A Fragment
The Lone Star Trail
Way Down In Mexico
Rattlesnake A Ranch Haying Song
The Railroad Corral
The Song of the "Metis" Trapper
The Camp Fire Has Gone Out
Night-Herding Song
Tail Piece
The Habit
Old Paint
Down South on the Rio Grande
Silver Jack
The Cowboy's Christmas Ball
The Gal I Left Behind Me
Billy The Kid
The Hell-Bound Train
The Old Scout's Lament
The Deserted Adobe
The Cowboy at Work
Here's to the Ranger!
Muster Out the Ranger
A Cow Camp on the Range
Freckles. A Fragment
Whose Old Cow?
Old Time Cowboy
Bucking Broncho
The Pecos Queen
Top Hand
California Trail
Bronc Peeler's Song
A Deer Hunt
Windy Bill
Wild Rovers
Life in a Half-Breed Shack
The Road to Cook's Peak
Araphoe, Or Buckskin Joe
Rounded up in Glory
The Drunkard's Hell
Rambling Boy
Brigham Young. I.
Brigham Young. II
The Old Gray Mule
The Fools of Forty-nine
A Ripping Trip
The Happy Miner
The California Stage Company
New National Anthem