Where Cowboy Songs Come From
R.L. Smith wrote:
"I once punched cattle on the T-Bar Ranch. As we followed a long string of white-face cattle across the bed of an old alkali lake reflecting the moon's light, while the wind swept across the plains and the coyotes howled from the head of Laguna Rica, I wanted to answer the forces of nature, and did answer them, in wild-half maniac compositions of my own. In such times and for such reasons are cowboy ballads born."
------- R. L. Smith as told to folklorist J. Frank Dobie in 1926
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.