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Charley Pride – Kaw - Liga lyrics

Kaw-Liga was a wooden Indian standin' by the door
He fell in love with an Indian maiden over in the antique store
Kaw-Liga well he just stood there and never let it show
So she could never answer yes or no
Poor ol' Kaw-Liga well 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

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 well he stood there as lonely as can be
Cause his heart was an ol' pine knoty tree
Poor ol' Kaw-Liga...

And then one day a wealthy customer bought the Indian maid
He took her oh so far away but ol' Kaw-Liga stayed
Well he stood there and never let it show so she could never answer yes or no
Poor ol' Kaw-Liga...



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    Janet Hower Smith
    I believe the song Kaw-Liga was written about 2 wooden Indian statues, one male, one female. Both were depicted in cigar stores in past history. In the song, Kaw-liga was a wooden Indian made from knotted pine, and he was pining away for a kiss from a lovely Indian Maid over at the antique store. But he never got a kiss from his true love because she too was a wooden carving. The part about a wealthy customer buying the Indian Maiden indicates to me she was a piece of art, not a real person. At first I was insulted that a man could buy an Indian maid, but then realized that she had to be an antique carving, just like Kaw-Liga, in the store. It's Hank Williams creative imagination that brought these 2 characters to life, making us care about them in his song. I like the way he humanized the carvings, giving them recognizable feelings, something we can all relate to. Memorable 'love song', plain and simple. Thanks Charley Pride for singing it so well.
    See Indian Maiden carvings at this address: https://www.google.com/search?biw=1536&bih=781&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=-GbpW-bVB7LH_Qbn8Jtw&q=antique+wooden+indian+maiden+corn+statues&oq=antique+wooden+indian+maiden+corn+statues&gs_l=img.3...35588.36750..37963...0.0..0.167.798.0j5......1....1..gws-wiz-img.BJeQTm7lFxc#imgrc=IEfzs-yQiiq0TM:
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      I believe the song Kaw-Liga was written about 2 wooden Indian statues, one male, one female. Both... Read more →

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