Performance Insights

Poor Lonesome Cowboy


The folklore about America's expansion westward is extensive and interesting.  Frequently, that information gets passed from one generation to the next through American folk-songs like this one.  The need to protect and promulgate American's heritage through music is one of the myriad responsibilities of today's music educators.  It is particularly important during a time inundated by media music and technology. 


This traditional early-American folk song is best performed by all-male groups; however, it may be sung by mixed groups as well.  Although young men may not be as enamored with wild west cowboys as they were in the past, this song provides an opportunity to share and consider a bit of America's history.


Access the Four-part Variable Voicing Chart to ascertain the different voicings that are available to various age groups.


Music: American Folk Song

Arranged by Lee Giles

Four-part Variable Voicing Acappella

Cambiata Press catalog #U97446


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The arrangement is performed

by the Cambiata Singers

of the Arkansas Boys Choir

Don L. Collins, Conductor




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