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The Songs He Sang

They Call The Wind Maria: Lyrics

As performed by Gil Huston

Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Loewe

Appears on:
  • 78 1951 DECCA Personality: 27821, Victor Young and His Orchestra, Gil Huston
(Cisco:)
Away out here they got a name
For rain and wind and fire
The rain is Bess, the fire's Joe,
And they call the wind Maria

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

(Background vocalists:)
Maria Maria
They call the wind Maria
They call the wind Maria

(Cisco:)
Before I knew Maria's name
I heard her wail and whinin'
I had a girl and she had me
And the sun was always shinin'

And then one day I left my girl
I left her far behind me
And now I'm lost, so gol' darn lost
Not even God can find me

(Background vocalists:)
Maria Maria
They call the wind Maria
They call the wind Maria

Maria Maria
They call the wind Maria

(Cisco:)
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
Maria blow my love to me
I need my girl beside me

(Background vocalists:)
Maria Maria
They call the wind Maria
They call the wind Maria

Maria Maria
Blow my love to me

Of note:

Misguided seems be about all one might want to say about this peculiar take. A silly song at best, though it was immensely popular, Cisco manages to emphasize all that's wrong with it. To a non-speaker of English, would this guy sound lonely in any way? And that rodeo dance music? Oh my. Fun to hear another attempt to be pop vocalist, with a barely disguised nom de chanson of Gil Huston, but it's easy to see why he didn't make it. MP3

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