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this character is like trying to give a composite picture of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and the Indian Territory during the last thirty years.
The hundred songs that make up this book are typical and genuine cowboy songs; the river and hobo and outlaw songs that are also a part of the cowboy's repertory having been omitted. A number of songs that belong more specifically to the Cen­tral States have also been omitted. Wherever pos­sible, Mr. Thorp has given the names of the authors of the songs and, when these could not be discov­ered, the cowboys who sang them, or the place where he found them.
The fact that most of these songs are of known authorship, or that some of them appeared origi­nally in print, in no way lessens their genuine folk-quality. Otherwise, many of the old English and Irish broad-sheet ballads which have come down to us through oral tradition, but were, as the term in­dicates, originally printed, could not be called folk­songs. (As indubitable examples of folk-songs with a printed origin and of individual authorship, one may mention the "Suwanee River" and " Old Kentucky Home" and other songs by Stephen Foster. "Auld Lang Syne" is another folk-song, which, if the identity of its celebrated author were forgotten, would be included in all the folk-lore collections.)
The more one examines the evidence, the more one is convinced that it is the we of a song, rather than its origin, which determines what is known as folk-song. Conditions favorable to the production