"Maria" as written by and Billie Joe/pritchard Armstrong....
She smashed the radio with the board of education
Turn up the static left of the state of the nation

Turn up the flame, step on the gas
Burning the flag at half mast
She's a rebel's forgotten son
An export of the revolution

She is the first voice of the last ones in the line
She'll drag the lake to keep the vendetta alive

Bring in the head of the government
The dog ate the document
Somebody shot the president
And no one knows where Maria went?

Maria, Maria, Maria
Where did you go?

Be careful what you're offering
Your breath lacks the conviction
Drawing the line in the dirt
Because the last decision
Is no

She smashed the radio with the board of education
Turn up the static left of the state of the nation

Turn up the flame, step on the gas
Burning the flag at half mast
She's a rebel's forgotten son
An export of the revolution

Maria, Maria, Maria
Where did you go?

Maria, Maria, Maria
Where did you go?


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"Maria" as written by Mike Dirnt Billie Joe Armstrong

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  • +2
    General CommentI think Maria is Whatsername.

    They're both described as rebels ("She's a Rebel" from American Idiot, and from this song "she's a rebel's forgotten son/an export of the revolution,").

    "And no-one knows where Maria went." What if she ran away from wherever, started going by Whatsername, and now is known by Whatsername ("from Chicago to Toronto..."). Maria might've been around when "somebody shot the president" and ran away, either because she did or she was afraid of being framed. The running-away-when-trouble-comes matches Whatsername, who ran away from the City when Jimmy started going seriously crazy.
    JimmyArmstrongon January 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI know this is a Warning outtake, but am I the ONLY one who thinks this would fit somewhere on the Amreican Idiot album?
    Quintonamoreon August 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i dunno what to say man. They just dont get bad. They are the only band who keeps putting out record after record and never gets bad. Well them and red hot chilli peppers. But seriously man i just cant wait for sum new music this summer! i knwo it will be awsome, cuz there is no record of shitiness in the past... i mean the worst album was warning but it still was good. Idk man they just dont go bad
    TearJerkeron June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song actually grows on you more and more as you listen to it. (well, at least me) I saw Green Day open their set with it and they opened the show with a lot of bang. I decided I love this song and that they definately didn't slow down through the years, like TearJerker said. (unlike Fenix Tx...haha just kidding...i love them too)
    Insomniac86on July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou are all right, green day never gets bad, but each album with a different sound just as good as the last album. thats y i enjoy green day so much!
    GreenDayisaNFGon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who stands up for the little guys, she may not be the best, but she has a heck of a better chance at changing things than you (Hmmm my teachers kinda like that :)
    McShineon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup, I agree with Shine. "Maria" stands up for everything she believes in and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
    Good OL MCon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1 of the 2 new songs on Int'l Superhits, maria is a rebelious girl who represents everything that punk rockers believe in. i'm wondering where he got the name maria from
    epp88on May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great live.
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    Jakeberton June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a girl who runs away from her problems.

    TearJerker, Warning is a great cd, I don't think it's their worst, 1000 hours and Slappy only have 4 songs on them.
    Kerplunk809on June 20, 2004   Link

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