Hank Williams “Kaw-Liga” Original Single 1953.

The song would reach number one on the country charts, on February 21, it remained in that position for 14 weeks, until May 22, 1953. A song very versioned by many singers, but the version recorded by his son, Hank Williams Jr., is a country / rock version, spectacular, original and full of energy, included on the album, Habits Old And New (Elektra 1980).

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YouTube Hank Williams Channel

Kaw-Liga :

Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1953 )
Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1953 )

 

Song written by Hank Williams & Fred Rose, was recorded by Hank Williams, for the MGM label on September 23, 1952, at Castle Studio in Nashville, Williams was backed by Tommy Jackson (violin), Don Helms (steel guitar), Chet Atkins (lead guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar) and Floyd “Lightnin ‘” Chance (bass), was released in January 1953, was the a side to, accompanied on the b side by Your Cheatin’ Heart, (Great single).

 

The song would reach number one on the country charts, on February 21, it remained in that position for 14 weeks, until May 22, 1953. The other side, “Your Cheatin ‘Heart, also reached a number one and remained in the ranked number 1 in the table of countries for 6 weeks The two songs would be included on the album, Memorial Album, This album was the first ever compilation of Hank Williams’ songs and was released shortly after his death in 1953.



Lp cover Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1980 )
Lp cover Hank Jr. ( Elektra 1980 )

 

A song very versioned by many singers, but the version recorded by his son, Hank Williams Jr., is a country / rock version, spectacular, original and full of energy, included on the album, Habits Old And New (Elektra 1980).

 

“Kaw-Liga” is a story of unrequited love. It is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such by the beloved. The beloved may not be aware of the deep and strong romantic affection of the admirer, or he may consciously reject it. Simply, the song is about the lonely man, the lonely Indian. But it sounds peaceful with the voice of Hank Williams.

Single Hank Williams Jr ( Elektra 1980 )
Single Hank Williams Jr ( Elektra 1980 )

Versions:
Hawkshaw Hawkins 1953 (King Records)
The Sons of the Pioneers 1957 (RCA)
Marty Robbins 1958 (Columbia)
Roy Acuff 1966 (Hickory Records)
Charley Pride 1969 (RCA)
Loretta Lynn 1969 (Decca)
Ronnie Milsap 1976 (RCA)
Carl Perkins 1978 (Jet Records)
Hank Williams Jr. 1980 (Elektra)
Billy Walker 2001 (Tall Texan Records)
And many, more than 60 versions …

 





Hank Williams – Kaw Liga Lyrics

KAW-LIGA, was a wooden Indian standing by the door
He fell in love with an Indian maid over in the antique store
KAW-LIGA – A, just stood there and never let it show
So she could never answer “YES” or “NO”.

He always wore his Sunday feathers and held a tomahawk
The maiden wore her beads and braids and hoped someday he’d talk
KAW-LIGA – A, too stubborn to ever show a sign
Because his heart was made of knotty pine.

[Chorus:]
Poor ol’ KAW-LIGA, he never got a kiss
Poor ol’ KAW-LIGA, he don’t know what he missed
Is it any wonder that his face is red
KAW-LIGA, that poor ol’ wooden head.

KAW-LIGA, was a lonely Indian never went nowhere
His heart was set on the Indian maiden with the coal black hair
KAW-LIGA – A, just stood there and never let it show
So she could never answer “YES” or “NO”.

Then one day a wealthy customer bought the Indian maid
And took her, oh, so far away, but ol’ KAW-LIGA stayed
KAW-LIGA – A, just stands there as lonely as can be
And wishes he was still an old pine tree.

[Chorus]

Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )
Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )

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