Santana – Maria Maria (Live At Montreux 2011)

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Carlos Santana turns Maria Maria into more than just a hit song

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, “Maria Maria“, took home the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 8, 2000, and stayed there for ten weeks. Santana also went on to win eightGrammys that year, including Album of the Year.

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The collaboration consisted of Carlos and an R&B duo who went by the name of G&B. They provided vocals, and as a favor Carlos played on their debut track “Dirty Dancing” although the the album was never released, the unreleased album contained this song.

Facts about the song? I was thinking the same thing!

  • Maria” is the main character in the play West Side Story. The play is mentioned in the lyrics.
  • In 2007, Carlos Santana opened a chain of music-themed Mexican restaurants in Northern California called “Maria Maria.” They are named after this song.

 

+Maria Maria lyrics below+

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
Maria Maria
She fell in love in East L.A.
To the sounds of the guitar, yeah, yeah
Played by Carlos Santana
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
Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola
Ahora vengo mama chola
Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola
Ahora vengo mama chola
I said a la favella los colores
The streets are getting hotter
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
Then I looked up in the sky
Hoping of days of paradise
Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola
Ahora vengo mama chola
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

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