“The Crooked Trail to Holbrook”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Lomax, Cowboy Songs)
Keywords: cowboy hardtimes travel storm
Found in: US(SW)


"Come all you hunky punchers that follow the bronco steer, I'll sing to you a verse or two your spirits for to cheer." The singer grumbles about a trip from Globe City (?) to Holbrook, marked by windstorms and stampedes; he's glad to be back home


This is item dB30 in Laws's Appendix II.

The notes in the Digital Tradition list this as a descendent of Laws B10 (either 10a, The Buffalo Skinners, or 10b, Boggy Creek or The Hills of Mexico). The similarity in theme is obvious. But cowboys complained a lot; Laws, Roud, and I all regard them as separate. - RBW


  1. Logsdon 10, pp. 70-73, "The Crooked Trail to Holbrook" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4037
  4. BI, Log010