Diane Tribitt

Diane Tribitt

BandComedySinger/Songwriter

Cowboy lyrics/ poetry that are as clear as the oil on the canvases of Charlie Russel; with words rooted in a deep spirituality that comes from years of hard work in the open air, the special love of family and friends, and devastating losses that raise the question of what life is really all about.

Biography

Diane Tribitt, Minnesota’s Cowgirl Poet, is a rancher from Hillman, Minnesota. She also runs a construction crew that erects grain bins across the United States, and has served on the rodeo circuit for many years as an events secretary. Diane was widowed in 2004 when her husband sacrificed his life in a rodeo arena while assisting a 13 year old bronc rider to safety. Diane has carried on the tasks of the ranch as well as the construction crew. Diane brings this wealth of experience to every poem she writes. But the special feelings that her works evoke is also rooted in a deep spirituality and faith that comes from years of hard work in the open air, the special love of family and friends, and devastating losses that raise the question of what life is really all about.

Diane’s poetry has captivated cowboys and cowgirls alike with it’s charm and authenticity, and she has been invited to appear at poetry festivals throughout the West. One of her poems took the top honor (Silver Buckle - Poet/Serious division) at a recent festival in Kanab, Utah.

Lyrics

His Cowboy Heart

Written By: Diane Tribitt

He thought of
Untamed raging rivers fed by snow-capped mountain peaks
Wild herds of buffalo and gold-dust laden creeks
He heard the
echo of the prairie wind and the song that the eagle sings
call to him, and like his rope, his cowboy heart had wings

The ‘blood and thunder narratives’ of 1885
Portrayed the West a free-for-all, where a strong man could survive
He read the Buntline novels that had only cost a dime
And graphic ink had called him out - to live on Mountain Time

He promised Beth he’d make his claim so he could marry her
Then headed West for Texas with his pockets full of poor
He rode the earth with hoofs of might and chased the coyote’s cry
‘Til black nights rose up from the earth into the western sky

He thought of
Untamed raging rivers fed by snow-capped mountain peaks
Wild herds of buffalo and gold-dust laden creeks
He heard the
echo of the prairie wind and the song that the eagle sings
call to him, and like his rope, his cowboy heart had wings

Across the Mason Dixon Line through the hills of Tennessee
His right to live had thus begun as the mountains set him free
He learned to fend and learned to fight in order to survive
While Nature forged and disciplined his will to stay alive

He’s a son of the sagebrush, now – a Texan, tried and true.
He built his spread in Houston where the Possum Hollies grew
And while his Beth was heading west to join him as his wife
He raised his eyes to God as yellow fever took his life

He thought of
Untamed raging rivers fed by snow-capped mountain peaks
Wild herds of buffalo and gold-dust laden creeks
He heard the
echo of the prairie wind and the song that the eagle sings
calling him, and like his rope, his cowboy heart had wings

The Waxed Jacket

Written By: Diane Tribitt - lyrics

Music and recording by Curly Musgave and Belinda Gail.

Discography

(1) self-published cd of cowboy poetry (some background music on cd) and (1) self-published book, "Trail Mix". Ly"Waxed Jacket" recorded by award-winning country artists Curly Musgave and Belinda Gail in 2008.

Set List

Flexible, strictly cowboy poetry entertainment. In 2008 Diane was named the AWA (Academy of Western Artists) 2007 Cowgirl Poet of the Year as well as Cowboy Poetry.com' Poet Lariat Laureate.