By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us anything approximately nearly each element of the lifetime of the folks. This wealthy and unique number of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken principally from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued by means of the Federal Writers' undertaking within the Thirties, is meant at the beginning for the overall reader, for the folks whose background it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska folks customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously interesting kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and setting that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King positive aspects Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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I Want to Be a Cowboy Collected by Louise Pound. From this lively description of a cowboy's life, it's apparent that there were two schools of thought about visiting Cheyenne. " I want to be a cowboy and with the cowboys stand, Big spurs upon my bootheels and a lasso in my hand; My hat broad-brimmed and belted upon my head I'd place, And wear my chaperajos with elegance and grace. The first bright beam of sunlight that paints the east with red Would call me forth to breakfast on bacon, beans, and bread; And then upon my bronco so festive and so bold I'd rope the frisky heifer and chase the three year old.
The songs collected here were taken from Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets Nos. 1, 11, and 16, unless otherwise indicated. The arrangement is chronological by subject-matter: the first song tells of Joe Bowers who crossed the plains in '49, and the last is the song of the men and women who took up homesteads in northwestern Nebraska after the passage of the Kinkaid Act in 1904. The latter song and "The Little Old Sod Shanty," both adaptations of older songs, are the only two for which Nebraska origin is claimed; the remainder were brought to the state from other parts of the country.
The Cowboy's Dream It has been suggested that "The Cowboy's Dream" is connected with "Ocean Burial" (see p. 13) and "The Unfortunate Rake" (see p. 17) because of similarities in sentiment and meter, but the resemblances cannot be taken as proof, for a number of songs embody these same two features. According to Ross Santee (1), the words were written by Will C. Barnes of Arizona to the tune of "The Sweet Bye and Bye," although the melody of ''My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" can be used. The song first appeared in an article, "Stampede on the Turkey Track Range," in the August, 1895, Cosmopolitan.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch