John Barsness (essay date 1967)
SOURCE: “The Dying Cowboy Song,” in Western American Literature, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring, 1967, pp. 50‐57.
[In the following essay, Barsness disputes the authenticity of the cowboy songs made famous by such collectors as John A. Lomax, arguing that the songs are overly sentimental and romantic. Barsness asserts that the songs lack authenticity and hardly reflect the life of the real working cowboy.]
Come all you good old cowboys And listen to my rhymes— We are West of Eastern Texas And mostly men of crimes. …
For most of the twentieth century the so‐called cowboy...
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