“Pecos River Queen”


"Where the Pecos river winds and turns its journey to the sea... Dwells fair young Patty Moorhead the Pecos River Queen." Patty's amazing skills are described. At last she "rode her horse... a lover's heart to test." "But the puncher wouldn't follow...."


Like that other Thorp composition, "Chopo," there is no evidence that this piece ever actually entered oral tradition. Lomax printed it in "Cowboy Songs," but there is every reason to think he was lifting material off Thorp. - RBW


  1. Thorp/Fife XX, pp. 244-246 (39-40), "Pecos River Queen" (1 text)
  2. Saffel-CowboyP, p. 206, "The Pecos Queen" (1 text)
  3. Roud #8048
  4. BI, TF20


Author: N. Howard Thorp
Earliest date: 1908
Keywords: cowboy love courting