Hank Williams Jr. performs “Kaw-Liga” On That Nashville Music.

Hank Williams's son, Hank Williams Jr., recorded a cover which peaked at number twelve on the Billboard country singles chart in the summer of 1980.

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Kaw-Liga :

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

Hank Williams’s son, Hank Williams Jr., recorded a cover which peaked at number twelve on the Billboard country singles chart in the summer of 1980. Hank, Jr. also performed it on a television
special with Johnny Cash.

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).

 

Story Of The Song

Hank Williams “Kaw-Liga” Original Single 1953.




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

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 )

Miquel Batlle
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