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Maria, Maria
They call the wind Maria

Way out here they got a name
For rain and wind and fire
The rain is Tess, the fire's Joe
And they call the wind Maria

Maria blows the stars around
And sends the clouds a-flyin'
Miriam makes the mountain sound
Like folks were up there dyin'

Maria, Maria
They call the wind Maria

Before I knew Maria's name
And heard her wail and whinin'
I had a gal and she had me
And the sun was always shinin'

Then one day I left my girl
I left her far behind me
And now I'm lost so cold and lost
Not even God can find me

Maria, Maria
They call the wind Maria

Out here they got a name
For rain, for wind and fire only
But when you're lost and all alone
There ain't no word but lonely

And I'm a lost and lonely man
Without a star to guide me
Miriam, blow my love to me
I need my girl beside me

Maria, Maria
They call the wind Maria
Maria, Maria
Love, my love, pull me



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  • U
    UnregisteredApr 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    First in the movie it is pronounced myriah (ma rye [short "a"])
    "maria" is the italian version of mary and is pronunced
    Mah r e(long e) a(short)

    I think the singer is referring to the reslesness of the western cowboy or hired gun. Never stayed in one place long left with the wind, unable form relationships. Similar to the moutain man of an earlier era who was characterised by jimmy stewart in how the west was won as "a wisp of smoke. " while with wind is named for a misterious girl, its actually the desire that caused the man to leave.

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