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Oh, Maria Maria, she reminds me of a west side story,
growing up in Spanish Harlem,
she's living the life just like a movie star.
Oh, Maria Maria, she fell in love in East L.A.
to the sounds of the guitar, yeah, yeah,
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played by Carlos Santana.
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1. Stop the looting, stop the shooting, pick-pocking on the corner
see as the rich is getting richer, the poor is getting poorer.
Se mira, Maria, on the corner, thinking of ways to make it better
in my mailbox there's an eviction letter,
somebody just said, "See you later", hey!
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( Spoken : ) Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola,
ahora vengo mama chola. ( 2 x ) + REFRAIN
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2. I said a la favella los colores, the streets are getting hotter,
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there is no water to put out the fire, mi canto la esperanza.
Se mira, Maria, on the corner, thinking of ways to make it better,
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then I looked up in the sky, hoping of days of paradi...se.
MARIA MARIA, 2
Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola,
ahora vengo mama chola. (4x)
Maria, you know, you're my lover,
when the wind blows I can feel you.
Through the weather and even when we're apart,
it feels like we're together. + REFRAIN + ~ ~