"It's about desire. Teenage desire because I have a teenage daughter and she's pretty beautiful and I watch all these boys gawk at her. I put myself in their shoes thinking about what I used to do with girls back then. I wasn't a very forward guy at all, I was like from afar and I'd go home and write a poem about her.'' - Jimmy Destri
''Maria'' is about desire and the whole idea of using the Ave Maria thing is a way of saying she's on a pedestal, she's almost holy. It's not a religious thing at all, I don't believe in religion really." - Jimmy Destri
''This song has undone many a Karaoke singer. And me." - Debbie Harry
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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