I Heard It On The Radio!

1953... and dad still had his old Studebaker pickup, mom let us eat Sunbeam white bread from the store with tons of grape jelly and peanut butter. During the days we kids listened to such radio shows as "The Lone Ranger" and "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" but come evening mom and dad settled down to family listening. And then it was the likes of... "The Mercury Theatre On-The-Air" "Amos n' Andy" "Johnny Dollar" and "The Grand Old Opera"... with the whole family sitting down together around that old radio.

The #1 country hit that summer was Hank Williams Sr's Kawliga:

Kawliga was a wooden Indian standing by the door
He fell in love with an Indian maid over in the antique store
Kawliga - 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
Kawliga, too stubborn to ever show a sign
Because his heart was made of knotty pine

Poor ol' Kawliga, he never got a kiss,
Poor ol' Kawliga, he don't know what he missed
Is it any wonder that his face is red
Kawliga, that poor ol' wooden head. ...

Kawliga was a lonely Indian never went nowhere
His heart was set on the Indian maiden with the coal black hair
Kawliga just stood there and never let it show
So she could never answer Yes or No

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

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

Where did all those old years of family go? What has happen to our values? Ya'Recon TV had anything to do with it?

© 2003/2010 – David L. Griffith
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