Nathan Howard Thorp

[Jack Thorp] (June 10, 1867 – June 4, 1940)

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N. Howard "Jack" Thorp (June 10, 1867 – June 4, 1940) was an American collector and writer of cowboy songs and cowboy poetry. Starting in 1889, he collected cowboy material while living in New Mexico. His small book Songs of the Cowboys was published there in 1908. It was the first such book ever published, containing the words to only 23 songs, including the now-classic "The ... more »

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Little Joe, the Wrangler

Little Joe, the wrangler, will never wrangle more;
His days with the 'remuda'—they are done.
'T was a year ago last April he joined the outfit here,
A little 'Texas stray' and all alone.

'T was long late in the evening he rode up to the herd
On a little old brown pony he called Chow;
With his brogan shoes and overalls a harder-looking kid
You never in your life had seen before.

His saddle 't was a southern kack built many years ago,
An O.K. spur on one foot idly hung,
While his 'hot roll' in a cotton sack was ...

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