“Old Time Cowboy (Melancholy Cowboy)”


"Come all you melancholy folks wherever you may be, I'll sing about the cowboy whose life is light and free." We are told "his heart is gay," "they're a little bit rough... but if you do not hunt a quarrel you can live with them in peace," etc.


  1. Thorp/Fife XIX, pp. 240-243 (40-41), "Old Time Cowboy" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Ohrlin-HBT 17, "Old-Time Cowboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #8046
  4. BI, TF19


Alternate titles: “Come All Ye Melancholy Folks”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1908
Keywords: cowboy nonballad
Found in: US