This blog by Cher’ley Grogg
I did not know there were lyrics, but as soon as the song started my four brothers and I ran to our TV sets.
I have loved Westerns since I was a young child around 8 or so. My dad loved Westerns and Real Crime books, so these are what was handed down to me. Zane Grey was my hero. Some of the first TV shows I watched were Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I knew I never wanted to be a love interest for any of the Cartwright boys because these women were always killed off. Then there was Kitty who stood by Matt year after year without ever getting a ring. A couple of years ago I wrote a short story for Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico and discovered I loved writing Historical Western Romance. I loved writing the strong female character. I can’t wait to see what she will do next. And of course, there are Hunks on Horses.
I found this quote on the blog by Lyn Horner:
Quoting Constance Martin from a 1999 piece she wrote for Romantic Times, “Heroes in these novels seek adventure and are forced to conquer the unknown. They are often loners, slightly uncivilized, and ‘earthy.’ Their heroines are often forced to travel to the frontier by events outside their control. These women must learn to survive in a man’s world, and, by the end of the novel, have conquered their fears with love. In many cases the couple must face a level of personal danger, and, upon surmounting their troubles, are able to forge a strong relationship for the future.”
Here are a few of my favorite, but there are many more. On this blog they give a list of books that have Western Jargon. I have several of these reference books. Do you think the Hunks on Horses used this kind of language? I think of the Hero as being a little more refined than most of the cowboys.
- A hog-killin’ time – a real good time
- Ace-high – first class, respected
- An invite to a dance – could mean shooting at a man’s feet to make him dance
- As different as whiskey and tea
- Bad plum – bullet
- Bellerin’ like a . . . – yelling, howling, complain loudly
- Bellyaching– complaining (still used today)
- Belly-up – dead, died; also belly up to the bar (stand up at the bar and drink)
- Get a wiggle on – hurry
- Go to blazes – go far away
- Gol-Darn – softer version of obvious blasphemy
- Goner – lost, dead
I hI had so much fun with my brothers playing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, great memories. My poor youngest brother had to be Trigger since he was the next in importance to Roy and Dale. I have a book written by Roy Rogers Jr. and we met him in Arizona.
***What part did Westerns play in your life? What was the first Western you read? What was the first TV Western you saw?
I have published one Western Novel and I’m working on 3 more
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