"I Did What I Did for Maria" as written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander....
Sun rise this is the last day
that I'll ever see
out in the court-yard
they're ready for me
but I go to my Lord without fear
'cos I did what I did for Maria.

As I rode into town
with the sun going down
all the windows were barred
there was noone around
for they knew that I'd come
with my hand on my gun
and revenge in my heart for Maria
my dearest departed Maria.

Take an eye for an eye
and a life for a life
and somebody must die
for the death of my wife
yes I did what I did for Maria
I did what I did for Maria.

Laughter echoed across form
the end of the street
there was the man
I was burnin' to meet
and my mind was so calm and so clear.
as I took my revenge for Maria.

And he fell to the ground
raisin' dust all around
but I knew he was dead
long before he went down
it was quick it was clean
made it easy on him
which is more than he did for Maria.
When he did what he did for Maria.

Lyrics submitted by gsleith

"I Did What I Did for Maria" as written by Peter Callander Mitch Murray

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    General CommentBasically what it says in the lyric. Its written from the viewpoint of a man who has been sentenced to death for killing the man who killed his wife Maria. "When he did what he did to Maria" would tend to suggest she was raped as well
    gsleithon November 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song!
    first time i heard the song i didn't notice what the lyrics were all about and it just made me wanna dance for hours on a balmy summer evening. so powerful and inspiring, though the lyrics get me thinking.
    Pixillateon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"but I go to my Lord without fear" . A human can always justify a horrible thing he has done. And while I understand how Tony Christie's character in the song commits a crime of revenge, it is without question the wrong thing to do! You won't make your wife alive by killing another person. It's not "an eye for an eye" anymore. Now it's "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself", as Jesus says in Matthew 22.36-40, is the right way to handle things. I do not like that song. Even though it was written from another person's view point, the fun dancable music make it seem like harmless fun.
    cloudtravelleron March 26, 2018   Link

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