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They Call the Wind Maria

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They Call the Wind Maria

They Call the Wind Maria

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

  Maria, Maria, They call the wind Maria

Maria blows the stars around
Sets the clouds a flying
Maria makes the mountains sound
Like folks were out there dying

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

But then one day I left my gal
I left her far behind me
And now I'm lost, so Goddarn lost
Not even God may find me

Now I'm a lost and lonely man
Without a star to guide me
Maria, blow my love to me
I need my gal beside me

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

from "Paint Your Wagon"
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