Maria
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Maria darling I must go,
But remember I love you so
Unfortunately we must part
Girl yuh doh know how it breaks my heart.

I wish ah could ah stay with you
And gih yuh what is yours, doo-doo
But until we meet again I know,
Right now we got to say aye-o
Oh-ohh-ohhh, Maria!
Oh-ohh-ohhh, Maria!

I like de way yuh walk Marie
And I like de way yuh talk, Marie
Ah like de way yuh smile, Marie
Yuh know yuh have me goin wild, Marie.

It's very plain to see, Marie,
How much you mean to me, Marie
Ah doh care if ah starve, Marie;
You'll get all de money ah have, Marie
Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!
Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!

Ah went home to Marie last night
But somebody nearly out meh light
Ah doh know what was his reason
Now de police have him in prison.

I don't know if what he said was true
He says he love Maria too
But now ah can't see what tuh do;
Because he have meh eyes well black and blue.




Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!
Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!

Overall Meaning

The song "Maria" by Mighty Sparrow is a heartfelt ballad that expresses the love felt by the singer towards his beloved named Maria. The song talks about the difficulty of parting with someone you love, in this case, the singer has to leave Maria. The lyrics tell of the singer's admiration for Maria's various qualities, such as the way she walks, talks, and smiles. He is so in love that he would give her all the money he has, even if it meant he would starve. However, in the third verse, the mood changes. The singer narrates that he went home to Maria, but someone beat him up, and now the police have arrested the perpetrator. The last verse shows the singer's confusion about the situation, as the person who beat him claims to love Maria as well, leaving the singer unsure of what to do.


The lyrics of "Maria" are a reflection of the complicated nature of love. The song shows the mixed emotions that one may experience in a relationship: love, admiration, anxiety, and confusion. The singer is torn between his love for Maria and the events that have recently transpired. The song's catchy tune and lively beats give it a Caribbean feel, typical of the genre of calypso music, where Mighty Sparrow is a prominent figure.


Line by Line Meaning

Maria darling I must go,
I am leaving, Maria.


But remember I love you so
But remember that I love you a lot.


Unfortunately we must part
Unfortunately, we have to separate.


Girl yuh doh know how it breaks my heart.
Girl, you don't know how much it breaks my heart.


I wish ah could ah stay with you
I wish I could stay with you.


And gih yuh what is yours, doo-doo
And give you what is yours, my dear.


But until we meet again I know,
But until we meet again, I know.


Right now we got to say aye-o
Right now, we have to say goodbye.


Oh-ohh-ohhh, Maria!
Oh-ohh-ohhh, Maria!


I like de way yuh walk Marie
I like the way you walk, Marie.


And I like de way yuh talk, Marie
And I like the way you talk, Marie.


Ah like de way yuh smile, Marie
I like the way you smile, Marie.


Yuh know yuh have me goin wild, Marie.
You know you have me going wild, Marie.


It's very plain to see, Marie,
It's very obvious, Marie.


How much you mean to me, Marie
How much you mean to me, Marie.


Ah doh care if ah starve, Marie;
I don't care if I starve, Marie.


You'll get all de money ah have, Marie
You'll get all the money I have, Marie.


Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!
Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!


Ah went home to Marie last night
I went home to Marie last night.


But somebody nearly out meh light
But somebody nearly beat me up.


Ah doh know what was his reason
I don't know what his reason was.


Now de police have him in prison.
Now the police have him in prison.


I don't know if what he said was true
I don't know if what he said was true.


He says he love Maria too
He says he loves Maria too.


But now ah can't see what tuh do;
But now I don't know what to do.


Because he have meh eyes well black and blue.
Because he made my eyes black and blue.


Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!
Whoah-wah-whoah-ohhhh, Maria!




Writer(s): FRANCESCO SARTORI, DEDO (ADELIO) COGLIATI, SHARON EUSEBE

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@agwuamogu5895

Since in the sixties I heard this ,it has refused to go.Incidentally,I’m not complaining what a great musician!

@waynekhan2728

Since I was a child ! And being from trini!! My dad introduced me to real Calypso!! There isn't anyone alive or dead that can beat back this man !

@marycozier8065

He's not only the best Calysonion an. He also the best song writer, performer and the best vocalist ever. All in one.

@alfredking9804

I remember this so as if it were yesterday in the 1960's in British Guiana when I lived with my Family in Port Mourant.
Those years of 1956, 57,58,59,60,61,62 were some of the Happiest of my young Life. The only thing that scared us was DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, films we saw at Roopmahal Cinema. We shopped for Groceries at GOCOOL's, BICKRAM's or CHUNINLALL's. We all walked to School and had Treats at HARRIS in Rose Hall.
High School was, and still is, Corentyne High.
August brought Horse Racing.
Happy Days never to return.

@michaeljordan-ws8bw

Hey my fellow Guyanese!!

@empresstashaii

Daddy.......oh the memories, How I miss my dad...

@blueblaze9862

This song reminds me of my daddy too...in the sweetest imaginable way xoxo. Dancing in the living room with my dad's sparrow record and just being so very very happy:)

@empresstashaii

same here Indigo Blaze, great memories. Give thanks my dear....

@empresstashaii

@@blueblaze9862 same here, dancing in the living room.........those were the best times and we did not even realize it...

@demolabank

Sweet memories of 1968

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