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"KAWLIGA" WAS RECORDED BY HANK WILLIAMS, SR.,  IN 1952.  THE SONG WAS NOT RELEASED ON RECORD UNTIL SIX MONTHS AFTER HANK WILLIAMS DIED,
NEW YEAR'S EVE, 1953. 

TEN YEARS LATER, CHARLIE PRIDE RECORDED "KAWLIGA."  HE MADE IT A #1 HIT AGAIN!
BORN MARCH 18, 1938 AT SLEDGE, MISSISSIPPI, CHARLIE PRIDE WAS ONE OF ELEVEN CHILDREN OF SHARECROPPER PARENTS.  THE ENTIRE FAMILY PICKED COTTON .  AT A VERY EARLY AGE,
CHARLIE PRIDE DECIDED HE WOULD FIND A PROFESSION FAR FROM ANY COTTON FIELDS.  HE WANTED TO BE A
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER.
STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, CHARLIE WENT TO BASEBALL CAMP.  BY THIS TIME, HE ALSO HAD A SEARS & ROBUCK GUITAR.  HIS GUITAR WENT TO CAMP WITH HIM.  DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS, HE PLAYED BASEBALL FOR MEMPHIS.  HE TOOK TWO YEARS OFF TO GO TO THE MILITARY DURING WHICH TIME
HE MARRIED ROZENE COCKRAN. 
IN 1959, CHARLIE WAS CUT FROM THE MEMPHIS TEAM.

HE  PACKED UP HIS WIFE  AND THREE CHILDREN, KRAIG, DION AND ANGELA.  THEY MOVED TO MONTANA. 

WHILE HE WORKED AT A ZINC MELTING COMPANY NEAR HELENA, HE PLAYED SEMI-PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL. 

HE TRIED OUT FOR THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS.  HE WAS REJECTED. 
THE FOLLOWING YEAR, CHARLIE APPLIED FOR THE NEW YORK METS TRAINING CAMP.  THE MANAGER DIDN'T LIKE HIM, AND
SENT HIM A STATEMENT SAYING THAT CHARLIE PRIDE WAS
A BLACK MAN TRYING TO FIT IN WITH COUNTRY PEOPLE. 

"HE'S ALSO A BLACK MAN TRYING TO SING WHITE MAN'S MUSIC."  CHARLIE SENT THE MANAGER A SHORT TELEGRAM: "I AM AN AMERICAN SINGING, AMERICAN MUSIC."   THAT WAS
THE END OF HIS BASEBALL CAREER.
CHET ATKINS,
VICE-PRESIDENT OF RCA, SAW CHARLIE'S TALENT.  ATKINS SIGNED PRIDE'S RECORDING CONTRACT.

BY 1966, CHARLIE PRIDE HAD THIRTEEN HITS.  HE BECAME ONE OF THE TOP 20 BEST SELLING COUNTRY ARTIST.  ONLY PRESLEY SURPASSED THIS RECORD. 

THE GOLDEN BARITONE VOICE TRANSCENDED RACE AND SPANNED GENERATIONS.  HIS TWO SONS FOLLOWED DAD'S FOOTSTEPS.  THE FATHER-SON TRIO ARE KNOWN AS "THE PRIDE MEN."
HE ALWAYS WORE HIS SUNDAY FEATHERS AND HELD A TOMAHAWK.
THE MAIDEN WORE HER BEADS AND BRAIDS,
AND HOPED SOMEDAY HE'D TALK.
KAWLIGA. WHEW!
WELL, HE STOOD THERE AS LONELY AS CAN BE,
'CAUSE HIS HEART WAS OF AN OLD PINE, KNOTTY TREE.

POOR OLE KAWLIGA, WELL, HE NEVER GOT A KISS.
POOR OLE KAWLIGA, HE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE MISSED.
IS IT ANY WONDER THAT HIS FACE WAS RED,
KAWLIGA THAT POOR OLD WOODEN HEAD.
AND THEN ONE DAY A WEALTHY CUSTOMER
BOUGHT THE INDIAN MAID.
HE TOOK HER OH, SO FAR AWAY,
BUT OLD KAWLIGA STAYED.
KAWLIGA, YO HO-
WELL, HE STOOD THERE, HE NEVER LET IT SHOW.
SO, SHE COULD NEVER ANSWER "YES" OR "NO.".

POOR OLE KAWLIGA, WELL, HE NEVER GOT A KISS.
POOR OLE KAWLIGA, HE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE MISSED.
IS IT ANY WONDER THAT HIS FACE WAS RED,
KAWLIGA THAT POOR OLD WOODEN HEAD.
POOR OLE KAWLIGA, WELL, HE NEVER GOT A KISS.
POOR OLE KAWLIGA, HE DON'T KNOW WHAT HE MISSED.
IS IT ANY WONDER THAT HIS FACE WAS RED,
KAWLIGA THAT POOR OLD WOODEN HEAD.
KAWLIGA WAS A WOODEN INDIAN, STANDING BY THE DOOR.
HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE INDIAN MAID,
OVER IN THE ANTIQUE STORE.
KAWLIGA,  YO HO-
WELL, HE STOOD THERE AND HE NEVER LET IT SHOW,
SO, SHE COULD NEVER ANSWER "YES" OR "NO."
BASEBALL TRAINING CAMP PHOTO-1956
DLS   4--30-2000
  SEE OTHER CHARLIE PRIDE WEB PAGES:

MUSIC BOOK#2 "CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS"; MUSIC BOOK #5
"ME & BOBBY MCGEE"; MUSIC BOOK #9 "YOU'VE GOT TO
KISS AN ANGEL"; HYMNAL I-N "LITTLE BROWN CHURCH."
I bought a wooden indian from Kachina Traders of Milan, New Mexico.  I named him "Kawliga" after this song sang by Charley Pride.  My Kawliga sets on the floor on the
rightside of my rolltop computor desk.